toy with (someone or something)

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toy with (someone or something)

1. To consider or think about an idea or plan. I've been toying with the idea of starting my own business.
2. To deliberately attempt to evade, deceive, or misinform someone (about something) in order to manipulate them or achieve some desired outcome. Quit toying with me, Karen—I know that you're involved in this deal! The serial killer is toying with the police, leaving false clues everywhere to muddy the investigation.
3. To tease someone. I'm just toying with you, James—I really do like that jacket.
4. To treat something as a plaything in order to idly amuse oneself. Cats are known for toying with their prey.
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toy with someone

to tease someone; to deal lightly with someone's emotions. Ann broke up with Tom because he was just toying with her. He was not serious at all. Don't toy with me! I won't have it!
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toy with something

to play with something; to fiddle with something. You are just toying with me! Please don't toy with the stereo controls.
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toy with

1. Amuse oneself idly with, trifle, as in He teased her, toying with her as a cat toys with a mouse. [Early 1500s]
2. Treat casually or without seriousness, as in I'm toying with the idea of writing a novel. [Early 1800s]
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toy with

v.
1. To amuse oneself idly by manipulating someone or something; trifle with someone or something: The cat toyed with the ball in its paws.
2. To treat something casually or without seriousness: I had toyed with the idea of going back to college, but I never actually applied.
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References in classic literature ?
Pinocchio, instead of becoming a boy, runs away to the Land of Toys with his friend, Lamp-Wick
The merry old gentleman had a basket of small toys with him, and he tossed the toys one by one to the children as he passed by.
Indonesian students plan to take backpacks of toys with them to areas in Sulawesi affected by last year's earthquake and tsunami.
'Toys with sharp points and edges are potentially dangerous as these could tear a child's sensitive skin or cause injury to a child's eyes,' said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition.
Working with Disney UK, the UK's largest coach operator has released a series of photographs depicting the adventures of these lost toys with the ultimate aim of reuniting the toys with their young owners.
* Toys with squeakers should be played with under supervision, as squeakers can be ingested.
Syed Altaf Hussain, a retired teacher, said instead of buying their children toy guns the parents should buy them toys with which they could learn creative things.
Shun toys with small parts to reduce the risk of choking.
"I think we should let the children decide whether they want to buy toy trucks or toy guns, or any other toys with their pocket money," said Sheer Ghani, a father of three from Chakdara town.
If you have young children, choose electronic toys with battery compartments that require a screwdriver for access or have a child-resistant locking mechanism.
For a child under three, avoid toys with small, detachable components, as they can be swallowed.
"It's a stark contrast to toys with thousands of functions and flashing lights that simply distract."
n Cheap toys with badly made plastic parts can cause cuts and injuries.
The provisions designed to reduce the risk of suffocation or strangling by small toy parts have been strengthened, in particular to address the new risk of toys with a suction grip.
When infants and toddlers live in the home, minimize the purchase for older children of toys with small parts, and teach them to keep such toys out of the reach of younger siblings.