to muck about with

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - muck about with

"to muck about with"

to ​touch, ​change, or ​use something in a ​careless or ​harmful way


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - muck about with

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Is your motorcycle not working?

Friend 2:  No, but I hope that I can get it running.

Friend 1:  Do you know how to fix a motorcycle?

Friend 2:  No, but I hope that if I muck about with it enough, I can manage to get it running.

Friend 1:  Hopefully, you don't make things worse.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - muck about with

Two accountants are talking ...

Accountant 1:  What have you done to the financial statements? They aren't balancing.

Accountant 2:  I thought that if I adjusted a couple of figures that the statements would look better.

Accountant 1:  Right, and when you aren't really sure of what you are doing and you muck about with things, the outcome can be quite harmful.

Accountant 2:  Sorry.

to muck about with - Usage:


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to muck about with - Gerund Form:

Mucking about with your lawn-mower's carburetor could cause it to stop working.

to muck about with - Examples:

1)  ... a WordPress installation that does a lot of things well but invisibly, rather than mucking about with scripts, plugins or some crazy server language I don't want to ...

2)  Mucking about with the normal rules of criminal process could involve a human rights challenge - ...

3)  ... a strong precautionary principle should apply before we decide to start mucking about with the relationship between national groups and states.

4)  ... it is very clear that any mucking about with the system is likely to disrupt the equilibrium.

5)  A community of enthusiasts mucking about with hardware might be able to sustain the development of current and future Epiphany ...

6)  Get your IT person to do it if you are not comfortable mucking about with your Exchange server setup and client registry settings. 

7)  All this mucking about with the schedule leads to conspiracy theories.

8)  And that is ONLY the beginning, once they start mucking about with the system, it will only get worse, more red tape, ...

9)  Some folks who are currently mucking about with a beta version of the next iOS operating system for iPhones say they ...

10)  I have previously explained why I think mucking about with the payroll tax is a dreadful idea and won't repeat my argument ...

11)  The faucet was a real bitch to install and we had to muck about with it for a very long time just to get it to fit so ...

12)  In any case, you can't legally download Alien Thunder for free and muck about with it in Canada -- but you can in the U.S.

13)  ... allow you to store up to 8 tracks of entirely acoustic sound in memory, muck about with them, redraw them on screen, then master your CD directly from ...

14)  If breeders muck about with making bees less reactive to a little insecticide the bees will also ignore ...

15)  The technologically expert will always be able to muck about with their gear. The technologically inept -- 98% of consumers -- would rather ...

16)  It is NOT the Voters fault that these Republican Secretaries of State wanted to muck about with Voter Rolls in order to direct a win for their party's candidate ...

17)  The more government mucks about with anything (like FHA), the broker we all get.

18)  He and his Witherspoon funder mucked about with the raw data, applying it to a target study group for which ...

19)  You would have thought that CBA wouldn't muck about with the compensation for the financial planning victims after their near-death encounter with a royal commission last year but then again, why wouldn't they?

20)  Personally, I'd love to see actors other than Microsoft employees muck about with Microsoft software for a few years.