Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “mess around with sth”

mess around with sth

(UK also mess about with sth) informal
verb uk phrasal verb with mess   /mes/ us  
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
(Definition of mess around with sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of mess around with sth?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Translations of “mess around with sth”

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More