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English definition of “monkey about/around (with sth)”

monkey about/around (with sth)

informal disapproving
verb [T] uk phrasal verb with monkey   /ˈmʌŋ.ki/ US informal us  
to behave, or to use or move things, in a silly and careless way: The children were bored and started monkeying around.
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