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English definition of “mess around with sth”

mess around with sth

(UK also mess about with sth) informal phrasal verb with mess     /mes/ verb
C2 to use or treat something in a careless or harmful way: I don't want him coming in here and messing around with our computers . Never mess around with scissors .Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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