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tamper with someone or something

to fiddle with someone or something; to meddle with someone or something. I've got him believing just what I want him to believe. Don't tamper with him. Please don't tamper with the thermostat.

tamper with

1. Interfere or meddle, especially in a harmful way. For example, If you tamper with that lock it's sure to break. [c. 1600]
2. Engage in improper or secret dealings, as in He was accused of tampering with the jury. [c. 1600]

tamper with

v.
To interfere with something in a harmful manner: Someone has been tampering with my mail—these letters have been opened! When jurors reported that they had been offered bribes, the judge told the defense not to tamper with the jury.
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And the kind of cricket that is going on these docile pitches, it spells death for the bowlers if you don't tamper with the ball.
As data flows across an enterprise's network, Perimeter Data's products automatically time/location stamp, digitally sign, encrypt, and archive the data so that any attempts to access or tamper with any files are noted, flagged and prevented.
Lewinsky, no matter how graphic, can alter the fact that the president did not commit perjury; he did not obstruct justice; he did not tamper with witnesses; and he did not abuse the power of his office,'' Kendall said.
Any attempts to tamper with the seal are easily evident.
The First Amendment doesn't give me the right to tamper with a product," Bradley said, adding that there is a public safety issue involved in tampering laws.
Cloakware/TRS transforms code that might take a sophisticated hacker minutes to breach, into unique but functionally identical instances of the program that will take an attacker months or more to tamper with or reverse engineer.
JPMS is a leader in the national effort to protect all consumers from unscrupulous individuals who tamper with products and decode products, thus endangering the safety of everyone, especially children.
SmartANDSecure ensures that any attempt to tamper with a smart label, or remove it from one item and place it on another, will be detected by an RFID system.
Because the computing processes involved in digital information exchanges happen inside the Argus card, rather than in the more open environment of a personal computer, server, or hand-held device, would-be hackers cannot tamper with or examine the patterns that often allow them to break security barriers.