mess about

phrasal verb
messed about; messing about; messes about

Definition of mess about

British, informal
1 : to spend time doing things that are not useful or serious : to waste time We just messed about all afternoon. She spent the evening messing about on the computer. It's time we stopped messing about and got busy.
2 : to have sex with someone who is not one's husband, wife, or regular partner His wife discovered that he was messing about (on her). often + with His wife discovered that he was messing about with his secretary.

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“Mess about.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mess%20about. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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