meddle with

meddle with (someone or something)

To interfere or involve oneself with someone or something in an intrusive, unwelcome, or unsolicited manner. I would have gotten away with the money laundering if you hadn't gone meddling with the financial accounts! I wouldn't meddle with them if you know what's good for you—they have enough money and power to cause some real problems for you.
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meddle with someone or something

to interfere with someone or something; to mess around with someone or something. Please don't meddle with me. I am in a bad mood. Would you please stop meddling with my computer?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Remember them the next time you feel tempted to meddle with me again.
Drink then, and do not meddle with what we are discussing, for that requires all one's wit and cool judgment."
Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey?
It was unsafe to meddle with the corpses and ghosts of these creatures.
The lands, being a minor, he could not meddle with. However, Mr.
I have seen the world, brother, and know what arguments to make use of; and if your folly had not prevented me, should have prevailed with her to form her conduct by those rules of prudence and discretion which I formerly taught her." "To be sure," said the squire, "I am always in the wrong." "Brother," answered the lady, "you are not in the wrong, unless when you meddle with matters beyond your knowledge.
"Well, I wouldn't meddle with 'em myself," said Solomon.
The owner has nothing to say against it, and if you meddle with them you'll have to do with the constable and Justice Blakesley, and with the handcuffs and Middlemarch jail.
"They are the captives of the Pawnee, according to the rules of Indian warfare, and I cannot meddle with his rights."
"Ask no questions that may lead to deceitful answers," sullenly returned the squatter; "I have dealings of my own with that trapper, that it may not befit an officer of the States to meddle with. Go, while your road is open."
The bear was walking softly on, and offered to meddle with nobody, till Friday coming pretty near, calls to him, as if the bear could understand him.
PRESIDENT Donald Trump has jokingly told Russian leader Vladimir Putin "don't meddle with the election" in their first meeting since the special counsel concluded Moscow interfered with the 2016 campaign.
Summary: Washington [USA], February 2 (ANI): Twitter revealed that it suspended 2,617 accounts since September which were linked to Iran and allegedly attempted to meddle with the US elections.
IANS New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the Indian Army has shown that it does not meddle with others, but if someone attacks India, it does not spare the aggressor.
Nazareth/PNN/ Israel's National Cyber Authority is expected to recommend the manual counting of votes in future elections in order to prevent cyber attacks "following recent attempts to meddle with elections in the West," the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported yesterday.