mess around

(in BRIT, also use mess about)
1) PHRASAL VERB If you mess around or mess about, you spend time doing things without any particular purpose or without achieving anything.

[V P] We were just messing around playing with paint...

[V P] Stop messing about and go and buy one...

[V P with n] Boys and girls will enjoy messing about with any kind of machine.

2) PHRASAL VERB If you say that someone is messing around with or messing about with something, you mean that they are interfering with it in a harmful way.

[V P with n] I'd like to know who's been messing about with the pram.

3) PHRASAL VERB If someone is messing around or messing about, they are behaving in a joking or silly way.

[V P] I thought she was messing about.

Syn:
4) PHRASAL VERB If you mess someone around or mess them about, you treat them badly, for example by not being honest with them, or by continually changing plans which affect them. [mainly BRIT]

[V n P] Davison had pulled out of a move to his old club because they had `messed him about'...

[V n P] I think they've been messed around far too much.


English dictionary. 2008.

Look at other dictionaries:

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