to mess around



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - mess around

"to mess around"

to waste time doing things without a particular purpose

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - mess around

"to mess around"

to (mis)​behave in a ​humorous way in ​order to make other ​people ​laugh

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - mess around

"to mess around"

to engage in casual activity in an attempt to repair, improve or fix something

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - mess around

"to mess around"

to engage in casual sexual activity

 

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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - mess around

"to mess around"

to be sexually unfaithful

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - mess around

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: What are you going to do after practice?

Friend 2: I'm going to stay a while and just mess around a little?

Friend 1: Are you going to do drills or practice set plays?

Friend 2:  No. I just want to relax and toss the ball around.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - mess around

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:   Some days I think that I will go crazy.

Teacher 2:  Tough class?

Teacher 1:   It is just one student who keeps messing around in class.

Teacher 2:  The student plays and jokes and makes the whole class laugh and then it's hard to get everyone settled down again?

Teacher 1:  Ya, that's it.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - mess around

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Stop messing around with the TV set.

Friend 2:  I want to improve the reception.

Friend 1:  But you aren't a trained technician.

Friend 2:  I can still fiddle around with it and try to make it better.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - mess around

A man and woman are watching TV ...

Man:  Do you want to mess around a little?

Woman:  Do you mean like kissing and touching and stuff?

Man:  Exactly. Just a little casual petting.

Woman:  OK.


Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - mess around

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I think my husband is messing around on me.

Friend 2:  You think he is having sex with another woman?

Friend 1:  Yes. I think he is having an affair.

Friend 2:  That's terrible.





to mess around - Usage:

formal<---------------|---------X------>informal



to mess around - Gerund Form:

Messing around at the beach is a nice way to take a break.

Messing around in class is not a good way to get good grades.

Messing around with the TV set might improve its performance.

Messing around with your boyfriend at the movies is fun.

Messing around on your wife is not a smart thing to do.



to mess around - Examples:

1)  ... everything we needed for the journey so that we could make good time and not mess around on the road with four kids screaming from the back seat about eating and ...

2)  The people who sit in the back tend to mess around more and do worse in the course.

3)  I was told by my dad: " You want to mess around? Fine, but I'll break your legs if you get a girl ..."

4)  While we never slept together, we did mess around a bit. It was fun.

5)  Taking a day, or evening, away, to laugh and maybe even mess around helps a marriage, not hurts it.

6)  I think he said he was engaged and he was messing around with Jackie and he got caught or something like that.

7)  I got shot -- flesh wound -- when a bunch of us were messing around in the woods with antique pistols.

8)  I went back to this girl's house and we started messing around.

9)  In the summer of 1968, assistant coach Emory Bellard, messing around with the idea of getting more blocking help in his running game, installed ...

10)  ... he had an affair with a phenomenally indiscreet person. He was messing around with a woman who apparently thought nothing of ...

11)  ... difficulty he was quick to give up and blame others for his mistakes, and messed around a lot, or he cut class if it just "looked boring".

12)  Who would love someone who messes around on them? If he messed around on me, I know I wouldn't love him.

13)  The three men stayed after practise on a regular basis and messed around with the puck, eventually perfecting one of hockey's greatest innovations-the set play.

14)  Niko loved to see the Pandas as they messed around on the trees.

15)  ... stories to tell about losing your virginity? we messed around for 3 hours.

16)  It doesn't make sense. Who would love someone who messes around on them?

17)  Though if a minister messes around with the taxpayer money, yes, then I will make noise.

18)  Tammy messes around on the swing while we wait for our surprise lunch to be served.

19)  ... which almost certainly means that the president -- like Tiger Woods -- messes around with women who aren't his wife.

20)  Little boy messes around during lunch -- as usual I multi-task and I eat my lunch, feed ...