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mess about

1. To tinker or fiddle with something. Hey, don't mess about with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's still messing about 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 about with a different platform for my blog, and I can't decide if I like it or not. After messing about with it for a while, I finally got the hang of the controls.
3. To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting; to fool about. Quit messing about and work on your book report already, Scotty! It's no wonder we're falling behind schedule, with the amount you lot mess about in the office!
4. To tease or play a prank on one, often by trying to get them to believe something that is not true. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mess" and "about." Come on, stop messing about. There's no such thing as ghosts. Don't mess your brother about like that—you know he's got an overactive imagination.
5. To make something disorderly or untidy. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "mess" and "about." Hey, I just got my hair styled—don't mess it about like that! Someone's been messing about the papers in my office, and I want to know who is responsible!
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mess about

(with something) Go to mess around (with something).
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mess about

verb
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It has really messed us about but we're glad it's back to normal.
He said: "Jordan's all-round performance was outstanding because he bumped us and messed us about all game.
They have messed us about - or, to tell the truth, they lied to heads of state, to the international community and to Ukrainians,"(http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/21/ukraine-suspends-eu-trade-deal-plans-to-renew-russia-ties/) Klitschko told Euronews.
Christine said: "Someone messed us about but I never had a good feeling about their interest.
"There are one or two players I tried to get in at the start of the season, but for whatever reason clubs messed us about. That wasn't the players fault and we want them.
Comrades-in-arms brothers we were We should share our last penny, Our ciggies and tea We fought and we drank Argued and fell out But God help the people Who messed us about. The time came when I left And bid them goodbye And in my heart I knew some would die.
"BT have completely messed us about and put me and my husband through a tremendous amount of unnecessary stress.
"It messed us about a bit but I don't think it would have made much difference, the way Bradford had started," said Smith.
A target of getting one point would be a success and that messed us about. In the first half, we played as well as we have done for a long time.
''We are hoping for a big score, but they messed us about in the front row when we played them over there in December and we won't be under-estimating them,'' said team manager Dave Warden.
She said: "They messed us about and claimed the flight was delayed because the crew hadn't turned up but we then found out they'd known the plane was faulty all along."
"They knew what they were doing and right from the start they messed us about.
The South Americans had deliberately messed us about, originally booking the team into what was no better than a dosshouse on the outskirts of the capital until Big Jock made us leave before a bag was unpacked.
We fought and we drank Argued,fell outBut God help the people Who messed us about. The time came when I left And bid them goodbye And in my heart I knew someone would die.