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English definition of “mess sb about/around”

mess sb about/around

UK phrasal verb with mess     /mes/ verb
to treat someone badly: I'm tired of being messed around by my bank. Don't mess me about!Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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