muck around

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muck around

1. To be idle or do something without much purpose. Quit mucking around and help me take out the trash! After the stressful week that I had, I'm looking forward to just mucking around the house for the weekend. What are you doing mucking around with those knuckleheads? You're going to get into trouble.
2. To meddle, interfere, or tweak, often in an uncareful or casual way. Please don't muck around with the thermostat, I have it set exactly the way I want it. I've been mucking around with the melody but haven't been able to get it quite right.
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muck around

or muck about
v.
To spend time idly; putter: We spent our summer afternoons mucking around in the fields and ponds. I stayed home and mucked around all day.
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No plan, no scripts - just two of the North East's finest comics mucking around, riffing with the audience and, as this is a special show, celebrating both of their birthdays!
She blamed her condition on years spent "mucking around in boats as a scuba instructor" while wearing "little or no sunscreen".
She blamed her diagnosis on years spent "mucking around in boats as a scuba instructor" while wearing "little or no sunscreen".
In it, you'll see young people with Down's SyndromeDJing, playingsport, hitting the skatepark, smashing the gym, falling in love, mucking around and generally just having a blast.
The fun continued indoors with painting - some of which ended up off the page and on hands - and mucking around in the sand pit.
I know today's youngsters are far too busy mucking around on their iPhones or watching YouTube to sit down and do a crossword - and cassettes are massively outdated.
National should stop mucking around with the stats.
"He was always joking and playing tricks on me, so I thought he was just mucking around," said Emily.
Good to know there are astronauts up there "ensuring the future of humanity" by mucking around with ants.
London's mayor said he spent most of his childhood generally "just mucking around".
The frontman of TV Burp brings his Sausage Time tour which he promises will involve "lots of mess and mucking around" - and a giant 20ft fake banger to boot.
"In that time I think we only play [13] games so we don't want to spend too many of those series mucking around with different teams.
District 13 HOW much you enjoy this French thriller depends on whether you see Parkour (or free running) as a legitimate sporting discipline showcasing breathtaking agility and gravity-defying moves - or simply as buff blokes mucking around on flat-roof garages and jumping back and fore the railings down their local park.
"We need a Tory - and no mucking around" - Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, on his choice for the new director-general of the BBC.
I find it disgusting that men expect sex on a first date - and they often get it" Actress Shirley Leigh-Wood Oakes "I still have a Liverpudlian accent if I am tired or drunk" Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs, pictured, who tried to modify his Scouse tones when he moved to London "We need a Tory - and no mucking around" Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, on his choice for the new director-general of the BBC "I am a Buddhist boxer so I try not to hit anybody.