to muck about

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - muck about

"to muck about"

to spend time idly;

to do random unplanned work or activities


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - muck about

"to muck about"

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


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - muck about

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 muck about 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 - muck about

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 mucking about 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.


to muck about - Usage:


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to muck about - Gerund Form:

Mucking about the house all day can be very relaxing.

Mucking about in class can get you into trouble.

to muck about - Examples:

1)  ... my hubby turned left and started to walk up the hill passing children mucking about playing (very entertaining) ...

2)  With all the 'mucking about' that can go on in the playground or even in the office it ...

3)  ... it is not a Constitutional power and so this kind of mucking about gets exactly what you've got here; somebody from long distance that thinks ...

4)  ... their little son is seen to be mucking about as the anxious parents, appear, to wait below ...

5)  ... enjoy or treasure from the walk, even if it is just a bit of mucking about as we usually seem to do! Glad to hear about your spontaneous moment ...

6)  ... and quietly observe two very playful, mischievous moon bear cubs mucking about.

7)  So stop mucking about, and learn typing now!

8)  But with more room for manual mucking about, the easier it becomes to play with the data.

9)  and the one for which it brooks no mucking about by the wireless carriers who usually sell them.

10)  ... maybe because he was always mucking about, dancing, or running to us with captured cicadas in his little hands.

11)  People say we muck about. Music is like that.

12)  Kids can muck about in the jungle gym, slither down the spiraling snake slide, or become ...

13)  It was fun to watch people go crazy inside these booths as they muck about for Kinect.

14)  She did everything she was told. She didn't muck about and soon she caught up and overtook the rest.

15)  ... you took your kids to the park and wished that you were still able to muck about on the playground equipment without pulling out your back?

16)  She mucks about with everyone else because she wants their attention and has something to say about ...

17)  There is no mucking about with the scale except to translate in terms of inflation, and he even ...

18)  It was good enough for Lindsey to pull his bill to prevent legislative hands from mucking about further.

19)  The saying "mucking about" could come to mean positive work. The art produced wouldn't have ...

20)  She loves to muck about the park having fun and doing nothing.