toy with

phrasal verb

toyed with; toying with; toys with
: to think about (something) briefly and not very seriously
I toyed with the idea of moving to France but ended up staying here.
: to move or touch (something) with one's fingers often without thinking
She toyed with her hair while she talked on the phone.
: 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.

Examples of toy with in a Sentence

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“Toy with.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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