mess about with (something)

Definition of mess about with (something)

British, informal

  1. 1 :  to use or do (something) in a way that is not very serious I'm not really a painter; I just like to mess about with paints. She spent the evening messing about with the computer.

  2. 2 :  to handle or play with (something) in a careless or foolish way Stop messing about with the stereo.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a quantity of food:

    :  food set on a table at one time

    :  a prepared dish of soft food

  1. :  to provide with meals at a mess

    :  to make dirty or untidy :  disarrange

    :  to mix up :  bungle

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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to cast off or become cast off

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