muck about with something

muck about with something
ˌmuck aˈbout/aˈround with sth derived
(BrE, informal, disapproving) to do sth, especially to a machine, so that it does not work correctly
Syn: mess about

Who's mucking around with my radio?

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  • muck around with something — ˌmuck aˈbout/aˈround with sth derived (BrE, informal, disapproving) to do sth, especially to a machine, so that it does not work correctly Syn: ↑mess about …   Useful english dictionary

  • muck about — phrasal verb muck about or muck around Word forms muck about : present tense I/you/we/they muck about he/she/it mucks about present participle mucking about past tense mucked about past participle mucked about British informal 1) [intransitive]… …   English dictionary

  • 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • muck around — (in BRIT, also use muck about) 1) PHRASAL VERB If you muck around or muck about, you behave in a childish or silly way, often so that you waste your time and fail to achieve anything. [mainly BRIT, INFORMAL] [V P] We do not want people of his age …   English dictionary

  • muck around — phrasal verb muck about or muck around Word forms muck about : present tense I/you/we/they muck about he/she/it mucks about present participle mucking about past tense mucked about past participle mucked about British informal 1) [intransitive]… …   English dictionary

  • muck about/around with something — spoil something by interfering with it. → muck …   English new terms dictionary

  • muck — 1 noun (U) informal 1 especially BrE something such as dirt, mud, or another sticky substance that makes something dirty: Come on, let s wipe that muck off your face. 2 BrE waste matter from animals, especially waste matter that is put on land to …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • muck — muck1 [mʌk] n [U] informal [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language] 1.) dirt, mud, or another sticky substance that makes something dirty ▪ Come on, let s wipe that muck off your face. 2.) BrE waste matter from animals,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • muck — noun 1》 dirt or mud.     ↘informal something unpleasant or worthless. 2》 manure. verb 1》 (muck something up) informal spoil something.     ↘(muck about/around with something) spoil something by interfering with it. 2》 (muck something out) chiefly …   English new terms dictionary

  • muck — I. noun Etymology: Middle English muk, perhaps from Old English moc; akin to Old Norse myki dung Date: 13th century 1. soft moist farmyard manure 2. slimy dirt or filth 3. a. defamatory remarks or writings b. rubbish, nonsense < mindless …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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