toy with

Definition of toy with

  1. 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. 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. 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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  something for a child to play with

    :  something diminutive

    :  a diminutive animal (as of a small breed or variety)

  1. :  to act or deal with something lightly or without vigor or purpose

    :  to amuse oneself as if with a toy :  play

    :  to engage in flirtation

  1. :  of diminutive size compared to a standard form or breed

    :  designed or made for use as a toy


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