toy with

phrasal verb
toyed with; toying with; toys with

Definition of toy with

1 : to think about (something) briefly and not very seriously I toyed with the idea of moving to France but ended up staying here.
2 : to move or touch (something) with one's fingers often without thinking She toyed with her hair while she talked on the phone.
3 : to deal with or control (someone or something) in a clever and usually unfair or selfish way Do you really love me, or are you just toying with me? Don't toy with my emotions.

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“Toy with.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toy%20with. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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