monkey with

Definition of monkey with

informal
:to handle or play with (something) in a careless way :to monkey around with (something)
  • I told you not to monkey with the lawn mower.

Word by Word Definitions

monkey play
  1. : a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers

  2. : a person resembling a monkey

  3. : a ludicrous figure : dupe

  1. : mimic, mock

  2. : to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner

  3. : fool, trifle


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