fool with

Definition of fool 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.

Word by Word Definitions

fool play
  1. : a person lacking in judgment or prudence

  2. : a retainer (see 1retainer 1) formerly kept in great households to provide casual entertainment and commonly dressed in motley with cap, bells, and bauble

  3. : one who is victimized or made to appear foolish : dupe

  1. : foolish, silly

  1. : to behave foolishly

  2. : to meddle, tamper, or experiment especially thoughtlessly or ignorantly

  3. : to play or improvise a comic role


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