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.
See also: monkey

monkey with someone/something

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Owl monkeys with one partner produced 25 percent more offspring per decade than those with two or more partners.
They found that monkeys with one copy of the short gene spent less time gazing at images of the face and eyes of other monkeys, were less likely to engage in risk-taking behaviour, and less likely to want to view a picture of a high-status male.