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"fool around" in British English

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fool around

(UK also fool about)
phrasal verb with fool uk   us   /fuːl/ verb

fool around (SILLY)

to ​behave in a ​silly way, ​especially in a way that might have ​dangerousresults: Don't ​fool around withmatches.

fool around (FUNNY)

to ​behave in a ​humorous way in ​order to make other ​peoplelaugh: He's always getting into ​trouble for ​fooling around in ​class.

fool around (NOT USEFUL)

to ​spendyourtime doing nothing ​useful: We ​spent the ​afternoonfooling around on the ​beach.

fool around (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]

fool around (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]

fool around (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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