monkey about with (something)
Definition of monkey about with (something)
1 : to use or do (something) in a way that is not very serious He enjoys monkeying about with his car's engine.
2 : to handle or play with (something) in a careless or foolish way You shouldn't be monkeying about with dangerous chemicals.
Word by Word Definitions
: a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers
: any of the smaller longer-tailed catarrhine or platyrrhine primates as contrasted with the apes
: a person resembling a monkey
: mimic, mock
: to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner
: fool, trifle
: some indeterminate or unspecified thing
: a person or thing of consequence
: one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different
: in some degree : somewhat
: used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective
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