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English definition of “mess around”

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.

(ACT STUPIDLY)

to behave in a stupid or annoying way: Stop messing about and listen to me!
(Definition of mess around from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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