mess around with (someone or something)

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mess around with (someone or something)

1. To tinker or fiddle with something. Hey, don't mess around with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's still messing around with that old radio, but I doubt he'll get it to work again.
2. To test or use something in order to learn more about it. I'm messing around with a different platform for my blog, and I can't decide if I like it or not.
3. To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting with someone or something; to fool around with someone or something. Quit messing around with the dog and work on your book report already, Scotty!
4. To tease or play a prank on someone, often by trying to get them to believe something that is not true. Come on, stop messing around with me. There's no such thing as ghosts.
5. To engage in casual sex acts with someone. Betsy and I are just messing around with each other, which is great because I don't want a serious relationship anyway.
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mess around (with someone)

and mess about (with someone) and monkey around (with someone)
1. in. to play with someone sexually. Those two have been messing around. He started monkeying around, so I got out of the car.
2. in. to waste someone’s time. Don’t mess around with me. Just answer the question, if you please.
3. in. to waste time with someone else. I was messing around with John.
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mess around (with something) mess about (with something)

and monkey around (with something)
in. to play with or fiddle with something. You’ll break it if you don’t stop monkeying around with it.
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mess around with something mess about with something

verb
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Why not clear off to Starbucks, where staff have time to mess around with machines and milk froth?
He said: "When you get to the point with your shows that you mess around with the schedules and it affects the viewers when you go head to head, that to me is silly rivalry."
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"I was paid to mess around on air, but now I'm paid to mess around with cars."
By the end, the reader will probably say, "Don't mess around with reality." In one story, a professor thinks that providing a level playing field for the Native Americans would have prevented their extermination by the European explorers; when he "seeds" the parallel past with hardy maize and horses so that the Americans can advance their civilization earlier, the professor finds out that he has, in effect, destroyed the people on both sides of the ocean--as well as Asia.
YOU don't mess around with Hollywood player Tom Cruise.
Croce might have added one more item to that list: You don't mess around with dams - especially failing ones.