futz around(redirected from futzing around)
1. To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting; to fool around. I can't believe we wasted the whole day just futzing around the house. Quit futzing around and work on your book report already, Scotty!
2. To play or tinker (with something). Hey, don't futz around with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's still futzing around with that old radio, but I doubt he'll get it to work again.
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Sl. to waste time. Stop futzing around and get the job done. I wish you would stop futzing around!
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Also, futz with. Waste time or effort on frivolities, play around. For example, He spent all morning futzing around with the report, or No more futzing with the car-we have to go now. This term may be a shortening and corruption of the Yiddish arumfartzen, for "fart around." [Slang; 1920s]
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1. To act foolishly, playfully, or without a clear sense of purpose; goof off: The kids were futzing around so much that they didn't finish their chores.
2. To manipulate something without a clear sense of purpose: Stop futzing around with the door handle, or you'll break it.
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