muck about/around

muck about/around
(Brit. informal)
1 he was mucking about with his mates: FOOL ABOUT/AROUND, play about/around, clown about/around, footle about/around; informal mess about/around, horse about/around, lark (about/around).
2 someone's been mucking about with the video: INTERFERE, fiddle (about/around), play about/around, tamper, meddle, tinker; informal mess (about/around).
muck

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chiefly Brit., informal behave in a silly or aimless way, esp. by wasting time when serious activity is expected

he spent his summers mucking about in boats

muck about/around with spoil (something) by interfering with it

they did not want designers mucking about with their newspapers

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muck about/around [phrasal verb]
Brit informal
1 : to spend time doing things that are not useful or serious : to waste time

We just mucked about [=messed around] all afternoon.

2 muck about/around with (something) : to use or do (something) in a way that is not very serious

She spent the evening mucking around with [=fooling around with] the computer.

3 muck (someone) about/around : to be unfair or dishonest with (someone) : to lie to or cheat (someone)

I want them to stop mucking me around.

He's tired of being mucked about. [=(US) jerked around]

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Main Entry:muck

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