futz (around) with (something)

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futz (around) with (something)

slang To play or tinker with something. Hey, don't futz 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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futz with

v. Slang
To manipulate something without a clear sense of purpose: The child futzed with the toy, and then it broke.
See also: futz
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The best part: Without futzing with apps, it activates every time it feels someone in the bed and saves data to the cloud.
Its contracting frauds, the police abuses it perpetuates, and its endless futzing with schools, transportation, the military, the prisons, and everything else in its portfolio suggest that investigative journalist may have their priorities wrong.
After about 15 minutes of watching a fiddler futzing with this, adjusting that and tapping on the other thing, the passenger just wants to smack him.
It is a time when the airplane can move unintentionally and unnoticed if your head is down and you're futzing with stuff, or even just reading the checklist.
I wondered: How does someone get from a small lie--a place we've all been, where we're futzing with the truth a little--to this life that is off the rails?
All it takes is a teacher futzing with a piece of wayward technology for students' attention to wander.
It's a long, rather tricky passage--there's a good deal of futzing with an old reel-to-reel tape recorder, and some of the lines seem a bit more knotty than they absolutely need be--and so Russell and her costar, Matthew Rhys, had run into a few rough patches earlier in the afternoon.
"The idea is that you want to be free to experience the world without futzing with a phone, so for example, you didn't even notice, but I just took a picture with you, and you were making eye contact with me in the picture.
He's clearly a rogue to the financial services industry at large, and honestly, the guy should be forbidden from futzing with the investing world in general.
Some have an eye toward solving specific problems, while others look to efficiency, aiming to take an existing product, such as email, and make it easier to use so we waste less time futzing with it.
Their arguments for ending the copper-colored miscegenation of silvery coinage can be pretty compelling: The amount of time we spend futzing with small change amounts to a multimillion-dollar opportunity cost each year.
If Althoff's installation had actually been the labor of some of the obsessive netting-and-veil queens from whom he self-consciously borrows--people like Jack Smith, Bruce Conner, and Stevie Nicks--the gallery doors would have remained locked, with the artist still futzing with things until maybe a day before the closing.
No more futzing with drywall anchors or stud finders.
I was futzing with the hinges on the front-yard gate on a Saturday afternoon, my tattersall shirtsleeves rolled up and mind off in Oklahoma, when I noticed Fido in the California shade, snoozing, but for once a little wistful too, and far more serene than he usually was in my offensive presence.
If a site can post copy without futzing with format, it usually will.