toy with

phrasal verb

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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