monkey with

phrasal verb

monkeyed with; monkeying with; monkeys 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.

Examples of monkey with in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid Mexico’s heat wave and drought, suffering birds are getting air-conditioning and monkeys with heatstroke are being rescued by non-governmental groups. Mark Stevenson and Maria Verza, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 June 2024 The study suggests, in other words, that human influence has monkeyed with a force that scholars, stargazers and scientists have puzzled over for millennia — something long considered a constant that was out of humanity’s control. Evan Bush, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2024 In almost all cases, these depictions show what appear to be a species of baboon known as Papio hamadryas, large monkeys with a dog-like muzzle. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 The company has previously demonstrated the ability of the implant to stimulate movement in pigs and monkeys, even demonstrating a monkey with a brain chip playing a video game. ABC News, 30 Jan. 2024 Allegedly, Musk misled investors about Neuralink’s safety due to the reports that the experiment’s monkeys with implants suffered various health issues, such as brain swelling, seizures and paralysis. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 Researchers in China even briefly initiated pregnancies in monkeys with embryo models. Quanta Magazine, 19 Dec. 2023 The attorney general’s office investigator saw issues with other animals as well, including a monkey with significant hair loss, a flamingo with a dirty pond and a giraffe that had overgrown hooves during a visit to the zoo on Oct. 25, according to a search warrant. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2023 Researchers have created a monkey with two different sets of DNA by injecting stem cells from one monkey embryo into another of the same species. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023

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“Monkey with.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monkey%20with. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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