tinker around with (something)

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tinker around with (something)

1. To make unprofessional or experimental attempts at repairing or improving something. I've been tinkering around with the washing machine all afternoon, but nothing I do seems to fix it. Bud likes to tinker around with old car engines and see if he can make them run better than they used to.
2. To test or use something in order to learn more about it. I'm tinkering around with a different platform for my blog, and I can't decide if I like it or not.
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tinker around

v.
To make unskilled or experimental efforts at repair or improvement: I tinkered around with the toaster to see if I could fix it. On the weekends, they like to tinker around in the garage.
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There will be two types of actions to tinker around with including Direct Actions and Conversation Actions.
Both the teams won't have much to tinker around with where their playing eleven is concerned.
EMMERDALE (7pm ITV) CAIN DINGLE is still the main order of business tonight as his family hope he will change his mind and agree to let the finest surgeons Hotten has to offer tinker around with his brain aneurysm.
In the late 1960s, Bill Bowerman, longtime University of Oregon track and field coach, liked to tinker around with his athletes' shoes.
The back four is expected to be the same which leaves just the midfield four (or five) to tinker around with in the absence of Morrison.
When you tinker around with that symbol of credibility, respect and honour, you risk a backlash that no brand needs or deserves," he added.
If men want to tinker around with the odd spanner, let them.
The clubs literally want to have guaranteed midweek European football at least up to Christmas, so UEFA are going to have to tinker around with the grouping system to accommodate this.
The 34-year-old long-distance lorry driver said: "I often tinker around with bikes and cars so I didn't think twice about cutting the car up and giving it a new identity."