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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A 13-YEAR-OLD boy burnt to death in a shed after getting locked in while apparently tinkering around with a petrol engine.
So I had to change the system very quickly, I had to help us get better, which it did, so I'm still tinkering around with systems to suit the players available and to suit the team we're playing against.
After tinkering around with different materials for about six months, he says, they struck a sweet spot with a tinder line that can be feathered with a sharp rock or a knife and was sturdy yet pliable enough to be strung inside a shoelace.
Tinkering around with proscriptive exam systems still puts the focus on jumping through exam hoops and rewards those who can do it.
Mr Kershaw, a former head of Coundon Court School, said: "The Ggovernment should stop tinkering around with structures.
The tag became popular because he was always tinkering around with his team and tactics.
"Between the backward moves by Scott Bloch and anything that might indicate a change in policy, we all have reason to be concerned with tinkering around with guidelines."
He and his able staff decided if they were about to get fired for a lackluster season, they'd do so running an offense that they had been tinkering around with for some time.
He became quite adept at producing images tinkering around with 3D Studio commercial software his mother bought.
IF you are in the market for a new small hatchback you might be interested to know that Opel have been tinkering around with their popular Corsa model.
Why is he not properly funding the health service and schools instead of tinkering around with more managers in hospitals and more unwanted tests and bureaucracy in our schools?
David Whitcomb joined the faculty of New Jersey's Rutgers University in 1975, pioneering the study of market microstructure and tinkering around with financial models on the side.
Laughable, you might think, yet, with its queasy, claustrophobic undertow, "Daydreamer" holds a mirror up to London, a city where people "flounder drowning," where social life is reduced to the stark choice: "pull you out or drag you under?" While tinkering around with archetypes, Menswear have it upon a British pop absolute: the primal privet-hedge perversity of suburbia in southeast England.
Tinkering around with your Estee Lauder is one thing, but when your man comes home with his chin two inches higher you've got to start asking questions.
"This tinkering around with the legislation shows how illogical Government policy is and discriminates against second-tier sports which do not have the televisual appeal of snooker or motor racing."