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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Objectors and members of the Castle Morpeth Local Area Council felt the scheme, for 53 properties on land north of The Garth, off Pottery Bank, had been "fundamentally unchanged" with the applicant, Persimmon Homes, simply having "tinkered around the edges".
"The income of Scotland's super rich is soaring but the SNP's income tax changes tinkered around the edges, putting only a penny on the top rate.
While they tinkered around the edges of the myths of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, they didn't stray too far from the original concepts.
The best option for now is to trust Popovich's discretion - something he has tinkered around with during the Spurs' 19 years of success.
In eight years National has only tinkered around the edges with policies that do little to make up the 40,000 shortfall in houses Auckland faces.
Dad was fussed over and offered copious amounts of tea as he tinkered around at the back of her TV.
She said: "The Welsh Government have tinkered around the edges of our economic problems, but just haven't grasped the scale of the challenge we face."
When I first got the job at GE Healthcare (then known as GE Medical Systems), I tinkered around on the side and built my own S 100 bus computer.
The retired police officer from Minnesota tinkered around, formed a two-man company with his son and began selling his product under the Train Safe moniker.
"Employers have tinkered around with their health plans for years.
The SNP welcomed the move but said 25 extra places only "tinkered around the edges" of the problem.
Deloitte and Touche agreed that it "tinkered around the edges".
Initially, The Heavy Jets started life as guitarist Liam O'Brien and frontman Rhys Breen, who tinkered around with a number of different line-ups before settling on its current form with Scott McCall (drums) and Matt Johnson (bass).
Partnership agencies say they have "tinkered around the edges for too long" and needed a "radical approach" to tackle poverty and improve the quality of life for residents.
They tinkered around with a few details and schedules but their main decision was to make no decision.