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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Tinkering around the edges with capitalist dogma cannot reasonably be expected to meaningfully reduce inequality and inefficiency caused by the capitalist system itself.
Terry enjoyed his morning coffee and tinkering around the garage.
President Trump isn't interested in tinkering around the edges of our system.
The Government has announced new rules which mean companies must gain consent before calling people, but it is really just the latest example of tinkering around the edges of the problem.
The Government has announced new rules which mean that companies must gain consent before calling people, but it is really just the latest example of tinkering around the edges of the problem.
Cyclists who kill pedestrians could soon be treated in a similar way to dangerous drivers - but the plans have been described as just "tinkering around the edges" of road safety.
At a cost of many billions we have an Assembly which has followed the Westminster pattern, and patter, with only tinkering around the edges of the existing political spectrum.
America's military involvement in the entire Middle East is no more than a tinkering around the edges of a massive conflagration.
Local residents deserve real and meaningful change rather than tinkering around the edges and the Scottish Parliament being used as a conveyor belt FORTORY cuts.
We don't pretend to be tinkering around the edges; this is the challenge of our times and we can't solve it alone.
"The time for tinkering around the edges and making minor changes is over," Taylor said, adding that a one-time influx of money to the system is a "political fix" and "not a long-term solution." He also likened the House's plan to attempting to drive a broken-down car "knowing you will be facing expensive repairs and ultimately be driving it into the ground."
Union leaders said the review was merely "tinkering around the edges" and attacked the idea of a new category of worker.
A 13-YEAR-OLD boy burnt to death in a shed after getting locked in while apparently tinkering around with a petrol engine.
Yet I suspect what we have here from the Prime Minister is just a bit of tinkering around the edges of policy.