fool with

phrasal verb

fooled with; fooling with; fools with
informal
1
: to handle or play with (something) in a careless way
Don't fool with that gun.
2
: to deal with or be involved with (something that causes or that could cause trouble)
The company doesn't want to fool with small distributors.
3
: to deal with (someone) in a way that may cause anger or violence
I wouldn't want to fool with that guy.

Examples of fool with in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Contestants shoot from the lip and from the quip at each other, dueling and fooling with a topic that they’re given on the spot. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2024

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“Fool with.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fool%20with. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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