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tinker

verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk   /ˈtɪŋ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/
to make small changes to something, especially in an attempt to repair or improve it: He spends every weekend tinkering (about) with his car. I wish the government would stop tinkering with the health service.
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tinker

noun uk   /ˈtɪŋ.kər/  us   /-kɚ/

tinker noun (TRAVELLER)

[C] especially in the past, a person who travelled from place to place, repairing pans or other metal containers

tinker noun (CHILD)

[C] UK old-fashioned informal a child who behaves badly: [as form of address] You tinker, Nicky, you shouldn't have done that. Don't be such a tinker.

tinker noun (CHANGES)

[S] UK the activity of making small changes to something: I'll just have a tinker with the TV and see if I can get it to work.
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