mess about

phrasal verb

messed about; messing about; messes about
British, informal
: 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.
: 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
Her husband discovered that she was messing about with her assistant.

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“Mess about.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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