mess about with (something)

idiom

Definition of mess about with (something) 

British, informal

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

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