monkey with (someone or something)

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monkey with (someone or something)

1. To tinker, fiddle, or play with something. Hey, don't monkey with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's been monkeying with that old radio all day, but I doubt he'll get it to work again. I wish I hadn't started monkeying with the settings on my computer. It's all messed up now!
2. To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting with someone or something. Quit monkeying with the dog and work on your book report already! Grandpa's been monkeying with that old radio all day, but I doubt he'll get it to work again. I wish I hadn't started monkeying with the settings on my computer. It's all messed up now!
3. To attempt to trick or deceive someone; to manipulate or fool someone. Listen, pal, don't monkey with me! Either pay your debts on time or we'll have to repossess your home. Your sister is really sensitive, so please don't monkey with her like that.
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monkey with someone/something

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"Nothing would give me or Teller more pleasure than to hand over Vegas tickets to someone - anyone - who has the nerve to stand in front of us, monkey with us, leave us baffled and ultimately blow us away with their brilliance," says Penn.
Says Penn Jillette: "Nothing would give me or Teller more pleasure than to hand over Vegas tickets to someone - anyone - who has the nerve to stand in front of us, monkey with us, leave us baffled and ultimately blow us away with their brilliance.
Penn Jillette explained: "Nothing would give me or Teller more pleasure than to hand over Vegas tickets to someone - anyone - who has the nerve to stand in front of us, monkey with us, leave us baffled and ultimately blow us away with their brilliance.
Penn says: "Nothing would give me or Teller more pleasure than to hand over Vegas tickets to someone - anyone - who has the nerve to stand in front of us, monkey with us, leave us baffled and ultimately blow us away with their brilliance.