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English definition of “mess around”

mess around

(SPEND TIME) informal (UK also mess about) phrasal verb with mess     /mes/ verb
C1 to spend time doing various things that are not important, without any particular purpose or plan: They spend their weekends messing around on their boat. My brother likes messing around with computers. He spent the day with friends, just messing about.Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy people
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