mess with

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mess with (someone or something)

1. To change, fiddle, or play with something, often without permission to do so. My tools are not toys—please do not mess with them. Hey, don't mess with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 65 degrees.
2. To clash with someone or something. That group of boys is dangerous—don't mess with them.
3. To tease or mock someone. Sarah's a very sensitive kid, so don't mess with her.
4. To confuse or puzzle someone. One minute he's flirting with me, and the next, he's completely disinterested. His mixed signals are totally messing with my head!
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mess with someone or something

 and monkey with someone or something
to bother or interfere with someone or something. Come on, don't monkey with my new camera. Don't mess with me unless you want trouble.
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mess with

Interfere or associate with; also, annoy, bother. For example, Our group won't mess with those street musicians, or I told him not to mess with me or there would be trouble. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
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mess with

1. To alter something improperly: Don't mess with the arrangement of the chairs—they're all set up for the meeting.
2. To deceive or confuse someone or something: The horrible accident really messed with my head.
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References in classic literature ?
A brown monkey with a long, grey tail was sitting there staring at him.
The monkey with more and stronger sperm gets to be the daddy.
VAR of the firefighters trying to catch monkey with fire ladder
One set of pictures said to have been taken before the flight showed a monkey with light gray hair and a very distinctive red mole over its right eye.
Ebrahimi said the photo of the monkey with the red mole was an archive photo of one of the alternative monkeys.
The Associated Press said state TV pictures that it monitored showed a dark-haired monkey both before and after the space flight, but that a package of still pictures released by the Space Agency showed the other monkey with the mole, which supported the explanation Ebrahimi gave.
He asserted the light gray monkey with the mole had died during a failed space mission in 2011.
He also speculates that the monkey with the mole may have been a passenger on a previous, less successful mission.
He claimed the light gray monkey with the mole died during a failed space mission in 2011.
Next, embalmers covered the monkey with natron (NAY-trahn).
What do you get when you cross a monkey with a jellyfish?
At the end of 10 predictions, there is one monkey with a perfect record of 10 straight calls, 10 with nine out of 10 correct, and 44 with eight of 10 correct.
The monkey with the perfect record starts his own investment firm.
Like the three previously known species of lion tamarin, the black-faced lion tamarin, or Leontopithecus caissara, is a squirrel-like monkey with a small face framed by a luxuriant mane.