meddle with (someone or something)

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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 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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"What are you meddling with?" cried Aramis, pale with anger, suspecting that D'Artagnan had acted as a spy on him and had seen him with Madame de Longueville.
To which my Lord Duke in substance replied (both letters were published) that he had already done so, and received the money, and would be obliged to the reverend gentleman if for the future he (the reverend gentleman) would decline meddling with other people's business.
On a related note, the White House made its stand clear that Trump was committed to resolving the issue of election meddling with Putin.
Only a day earlier, Trump shocked and horrified America and its Western allies by appearing to take at face value Russian President Vladimir Putin's smirky denial of any involvement in meddling with the 2016 US election cycle.
'This recent call by the New York-based Human Rights Watch for the government to drop all charges against Senator Leila de Lima is nothing but sheer meddling with our country's domestic affairs,' Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
The umbrella intelligence organizations, the FBI, CIA, NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence did link meddling with Russia.
MADURAI, November 01, 2009 (Frontier Star): Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram warned Pakistan against meddling with India and said any more attack from the country will be retaliated very strongly.
But Daniel Ferreira, who ran the study that was published in the Journal of Financial Economics in August, is quick to point out that these results really have less to do with gender and more to do with meddling with what already works.
Shame, shame, shame on English Heritage - it should get on with it's job protecting old buildings rather than meddling with new proposals - of which it obviously has no knowledge.
Andanar then berated the European Union (EU) for meddling with the domestic affairs of the country.
A poll official denied posting a video, which supposedly showed a Smartmatic engineer meddling with a CSS kit during the stripping of vote counting machines last year in Sta.