muck about/around

phrasal verb

mucked about/around; mucking about/around; mucks about/around
British, informal
: to spend time doing things that are not useful or serious : to waste time
We just mucked about all afternoon.
: to be unfair or dishonest with (someone) : to lie to or cheat (someone)
I want them to stop mucking me around.
He's tired of being mucked about.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As the stakes rise, so do the incentives for people to muck about, influence, or even replace A.I. algorithms with ones that better serve their interests. Ben Weiss, Fortune Crypto, 4 May 2023 Once a trail is built, maintainers deal with flooding, erosion and problems created by humans, who have a pernicious tendency to wander off a trail and muck about in fragile forest understory. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 An hour and a half later, another volunteer found his other boot, stuck in the muck about 60 feet downstream. Katherine Laidlaw, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021 Some of the sludge settled in the Tarpon River, leaving a layer of muck about an inch thick, Fort Lauderdale officials say. Susannah Bryan,, 21 Oct. 2020 Ducks and other water birds muck about while carrying myriad strains of influenza A; pigs aren’t fazed by hosting hepatitis E. Rachel Ehrenberg, Ars Technica, 3 July 2020

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“Muck about/around.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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