mess withphrasal verb
messed with; messing with; messes with
Definition of mess with
1 : to cause trouble for (someone) : to deal with (someone) in a way that may cause anger or violence I wouldn't want to mess with him. You'd better not be messing with me.
2 chiefly US : to deal with or be involved with (something that causes or that could cause trouble) The company doesn't want to mess with small distributors. He doesn't want to mess with cocaine anymore.
3 : to handle or play with (something) in a careless way : to mess around with (something) Don't mess with the camera.
Love words? Need even more definitions?Merriam-Webster unabridged
Words at Play
- 'Conscience' vs. 'Conscious': Let Us Be Your Guide
- Hot Enough for You? Words for the Summer Heat
- Where Does 'Run-of-the-Mill' Come From?
- The Provenance of 'Providence'
Ask the Editors
- On Contractions of Multiple Words
- A Look at Uncommon Onomatopoeia
- Is Singular 'They' a Better Choice?
- Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz Take the quiz
- Obscure Shapes Take the quiz
- Name That Thing Take the quiz
- Citation Play the game