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tamper with (something)

To make harmful or subversive alterations to something; to meddle or interfere with something. Investigators concluded that someone had tampered with the control unit of the machine. He's been accused of tampering with the committee tasked with selecting successful applicants. The locks have not been tampered with and there is no sign of a break-in anywhere on the premises.
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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.
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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]
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tamper with

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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Now he has emerged as one of the key figures in exposing the current Australian side as ball tamperers. In January 1994, an inexperienced South African team, on their first tour of Australia after two decades of political isolation, faced almost certain defeat when Australia needed just 116 runs to win the second Test in Sydney.
Martin concedes: "Chances are it will not be the last as there are people we call 'tamperers' who spend their spare time looking for evidence of new hills that fit the definition.
Basala'a added that PEC inspectors are playing an elaborate game of cat and mouse to trap the tamperers.
witness tamperers looking for revenge or an upper hand in child support
(KFT), urged the senators to pass the bill to protect companies' brand names and "prevent these product tamperers from commandeering a cereal box as their personal soapbox."
Lewis Greenberg, director of Michigan State University's computer lab, which investigates hacking incidents on the East Lansing, Mich., campus, said that serious damage by computer tamperers is rare.
* It can be progressively upgraded to stay ahead of high-tech counterfeiters and tamperers.
* Program tamperers. Using shareware (noncommercially distributed software) brought in from the outside and sharing commercial software within the firm make many law offices vulnerable to attack by computer viruses or "Trojan horse" programs created by malicious or mischievous programmers.(5) When users pass programs from machine to machine, the danger of picking up an "infection" increases radically.
For his seven years of informing citizens about the genetic tamperers at Monsanto, Rifkin has been labeled a "gadfly" by some critics.
Indeed, for the first fifty years after the war's end effective challengers were few; those who tried, such as General James Longstreet, who the Lee cult had cast as the scapegoat for the South's defeat at Gettysburg, were condemned as the real self-serving tamperers of the historical record.
Utopia would be a world in which there are no drugs, no ball tamperers, no illegal bookmakers, no cheats, no corruption.
The agreement includes a pilot remote-sensing program for Sacramento County and a small number of test-only stations for inspecting gross polluters, tamperers, and a few regular motorists.