mess around with (something)

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of mess around with (something)

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 around with paints.
  • She spent the evening messing around with the computer.
2 : to handle or play with (something) in a careless or foolish way
  • Stop messing around with the stereo.

Word by Word Definitions

mess play
  1. : a quantity of food:

  2. : food set on a table at one time

  3. : a prepared dish of soft food

  1. : to provide with meals at a mess

  2. : to make dirty or untidy : disarrange

  3. : to mix up : bungle

around play
  1. : in a circle or in circumference

  2. : in, along, or through a circuit

  3. : on all or various sides : in every or any direction

  1. : on all sides of

  2. : so as to encircle or enclose

  3. : so as to avoid or get past : on or to another side of

  1. : about

  2. : being in existence, evidence, or circulation

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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