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meddle in (something)

To involve oneself in some situation or activity, especially that which one is not meant or welcome to be involved in. I would have gotten away with the money laundering if you hadn't gone meddling in the company's financial affairs! My parents are always meddling in my love life, trying to set me up on dates with guys I have no interest in.
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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 in something

to intrude [oneself] into something. I wish you wouldn't meddle in my affairs. Go meddle in someone else's business.
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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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References in classic literature ?
"Well, promise me not to meddle again, and I'll see that nobody informs against you."
He underlined that Saudi Arabia meddles in the internal affairs of all the regional countries, and said, "For the same reason the Iraqi government should confront that country's ambassador to Baghdad."
That's what happens when government meddles in people's lives."
In practice, the government meddles in markets anyway-but it meddles irrationally, through patchwork programs and ad hoc protectionism.
The statement by the mission came after the British ambassador to Manama claimed that "Iran meddles in other countries' affairs".
Outgoing Prime Minister Fuad Siniora has rejected the possibility of relocating Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, saying it would meddle with Lebanon's fragile sectarian power-sharing system in favor of Sunni Muslims, according to the Beirut daily AN NANAR Sunday.
"We meddle in the name of almost everything: health, safety, efficiency, the bottom line, God, 'the children'-you name it, and there will most likely be someone there to meddle on its behalf," according to sociologist Charles Edgley and behavioral science professor Dennis Brissett.
"It dawns on few of us that the more we ask of government to meddle into the lives of others, the closer we get to creating an apparatus that will in all likelihood eventually meddle into our own," Edgely and Brissett note.
"We should recognize that it is often for our own good and not theirs that we meddle in the lives of others," they write.