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fool around

(UK also fool about)
phrasal verb with fool uk   us   /fuːl/ verb
  • (HAVE A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP)

mainly US If a ​marriedpersonfools around, they have a ​sexualrelationship with someone who is not ​theirhusband or ​wife: She'd been ​fooling around with someone at ​work.
(Definition of fool around from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fool around

phrasal verb with fool  us   /ful/ verb [I/T]
  • (BE SILLY/DANGEROUS)

to ​behave in a ​silly or ​dangerous way: The ​kids were fooling around in the ​pool. Stop fooling around with ​your dad's ​tools.

fool around

phrasal verb with fool  us   /ful/ verb [I/T]
  • (CHANGE SOMETHING)

to ​change something a little, esp. in ​order to ​try to make it ​better: Sometimes when you ​start fooling around with a ​recipe, all ​sorts of ​unexpected things ​happen.
(Definition of fool around from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fool around”
in Arabic يَتَصَرَّف بِحَماقة…
in Korean 노닥거리다…
in Portuguese perder tempo, enrolar…
in Catalan fer el ximple…
in Japanese ふざける…
in Italian gingillarsi, perdere tempo…
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