fool around

1) PHRASAL VERB If you fool around, you behave in a silly, dangerous, or irresponsible way.

[V P] They were fooling around on an Army firing range...

[V P with n] Have you been fooling around with something you shouldn't?

2) PHRASAL VERB If someone fools around with another person, especially when one of them is married, they have a casual sexual relationship.

[V P with n] Never fool around with the clients' wives...

[V P] Her husband was fooling around.

3) PHRASAL VERB If you fool around, you behave in a playful, childish, and silly way, often in order to make people laugh. In British English, you can also say you fool about.

[V P] Stop fooling about, man...

[V P] They fooled around for the camera.

Syn:
mess about

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • fool around — or[mess around] or[play around] or[monkey around] {v.}, {informal} 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. * /If you go to college, you must work, not fool around./ * /The boys fooled around… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — or[mess around] or[play around] or[monkey around] {v.}, {informal} 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. * /If you go to college, you must work, not fool around./ * /The boys fooled around… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool\ around — • fool around • mess around • play around • monkey around v informal 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. If you go to college, you must work, not fool around. The boys fooled around all… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fool around — See: MESS AROUND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — See: MESS AROUND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — [v] waste time dawdle, hang around*, idle, kill time*, lark, mess around*, play around*; concept 681 Ant. labor, toil, work …   New thesaurus

  • fool around — phrasal verb fool around or fool about [intransitive] Word forms fool around : present tense I/you/we/they fool around he/she/it fools around present participle fooling around past tense fooled around past participle fooled around 1) to behave in …   English dictionary

  • fool around — to waste time doing something without a particular purpose. It was a serious academic school, not a place to fool around. Usage notes: often used in the negative to mean to not waste time but to act with a serious purpose: The coach was in no… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fool around — v. (D; intr.) to fool around with (don t fool around with fire) * * * [ fuːləˌraʊnd] (D; intr.) to fool around with (don t fool around with fire) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Fool Around — Infobox Album | Name = Fool Around Type = Album Artist = Rachel Sweet Released = 1978, 1979 Recorded = ??? Genre = Pop Length = 34:29 Label = Stiff Records, Columbia Records Producer = Liam Sternberg, Dave Mackay, Barrie Guard Reviews = Last… …   Wikipedia


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