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"fool around" in British English

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fool around

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

(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)