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mess around

( UK also mess about)
verb uk phrasal verb with mess   /mes/ us  

(SPEND TIME)

C1 informal to spend time doing various things that are not important, without any particular purpose or plan: They spend their weekends messing around on their boat. My brother likes messing around with computers. He spent the day with friends, just messing about.
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(ACT STUPIDLY)

to behave in a stupid or annoying way: Stop messing around and listen to me!
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Translations of “mess around”
in Korean (쓸데 없이)-를 가지고 놀다…
in Arabic يَعْبَث…
in Portuguese enrolar…
in Catalan fer el ximple…
in Japanese ふざけ回る…
in Italian gingillarsi, perdere tempo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 浪費時間, 磨蹭…
in Chinese (Simplified) 浪费时间, 磨蹭…
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