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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The issue is: Will the next Labour government be one that tinkers around the edges of deep underlying issues, or one getting to grips with the very deep-rooted problems in its heartlands?
He added: "People will be disappointed by a lacklustre Westminster Bill that tinkers around the edges."
It's another set of wasted opportunities to deliver real lasting change while the Chancellor tinkers around the edges of the major challenges that business faces.