monkey around with (something)

phrasal verb
monkeyed around with; monkeying around with; monkeys around with (something)

Definition of monkey around with (something)

informal
1 : to use or do (something) in a way that is not very serious He enjoys monkeying around with his car's engine.
2 : to handle or play with (something) in a careless or foolish way You shouldn't be monkeying around with dangerous chemicals.

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