Meaning of “mess around” in the English Dictionary

"mess around" in British English

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mess around

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

(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 waste time doing something without a particular purpose:

The kids were just messing around at the mall.

(Definition of “mess around” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)