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"mess around" in British English

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mess around

(UK also mess about)
phrasal verb with mess uk   us   /mes/ verb

mess around (SPEND TIME)

C1 informal to ​spendtime doing ​various things that are not ​important, without any ​particularpurpose or ​plan: They ​spendtheirweekendsmessing around on ​theirboat. My ​brotherlikesmessing around withcomputers. He ​spent the ​day with ​friends, just ​messing about.
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mess around (ACT STUPIDLY)

to ​behave in a ​stupid or ​annoying way: Stop ​messing around and ​listen to me!
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(Definition of mess around from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mess around" in American English

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mess around

phrasal verb with mess
to ​wastetime doing something without a ​particularpurpose: The ​kids were just messing around at the ​mall.
(Definition of mess around from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “mess around”
in Arabic يَعْبَث…
in Korean (쓸데 없이)-를 가지고 놀다…
in Portuguese enrolar…
in Catalan fer el ximple…
in Japanese ふざけ回る…
in Chinese (Simplified) 浪费时间, 磨蹭…
in Chinese (Traditional) 浪費時間, 磨蹭…
in Italian gingillarsi, perdere tempo…
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