monkey with (something)

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monkey with (something)

To change, fiddle, or play with something, often without permission to do so. My tools are not toys—please don't monkey with them. Hey, don't monkey with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 65 degrees.
See also: monkey

monkey with someone/something

verb
References in classic literature ?
A brown monkey with a long, grey tail was sitting there staring at him.
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.
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.