fool around with

idiomatic phrase
variants: or chiefly British fool about with

Definition of fool around with

1 : to use or do (something) in a way that is not very serious I'm not really a painter; I just like to fool around with paints.
2 : to handle or interact with (something) in a careless or foolish way : to meddle, tamper, or experiment with (something) especially thoughtlessly or ignorantly Don't fool around with that drill.
3 : to have sex with (someone who is not one's spouse or regular partner) His partner discovered that he was fooling around with his co-worker.

First Known Use of fool around with

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Fool around with.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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