monkey about with (something)phrasal verb
monkeyed about with; monkeying about with; monkeys 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.
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