fool\ around

• fool around
• mess around
• play around
• monkey around
v informal
1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time.

If you go to college, you must work, not fool around.

The boys fooled around all afternoon in the park.

Compare: cut up
2. to treat or handle carelessly

Bob cut himself by fooling around with a sharp knife.

Suzie says she wishes John would quit playing around with the girls and get married.

3. or fiddle around
To work or do something in an irregular or unplanned way; tinker.

Jimmy likes to monkey around with automobile engines.

Alice is fooling around with the piano in her spare time.

Compare: fuck around

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  • fool around — or[mess around] or[play around] or[monkey around] {v.}, {informal} 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. * /If you go to college, you must work, not fool around./ * /The boys fooled around… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — or[mess around] or[play around] or[monkey around] {v.}, {informal} 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. * /If you go to college, you must work, not fool around./ * /The boys fooled around… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — See: MESS AROUND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — See: MESS AROUND …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — [v] waste time dawdle, hang around*, idle, kill time*, lark, mess around*, play around*; concept 681 Ant. labor, toil, work …   New thesaurus

  • fool around — phrasal verb fool around or fool about [intransitive] Word forms fool around : present tense I/you/we/they fool around he/she/it fools around present participle fooling around past tense fooled around past participle fooled around 1) to behave in …   English dictionary

  • fool around — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you fool around, you behave in a silly, dangerous, or irresponsible way. [V P] They were fooling around on an Army firing range... [V P with n] Have you been fooling around with something you shouldn t? 2) PHRASAL VERB If… …   English dictionary

  • fool around — to waste time doing something without a particular purpose. It was a serious academic school, not a place to fool around. Usage notes: often used in the negative to mean to not waste time but to act with a serious purpose: The coach was in no… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fool around — v. (D; intr.) to fool around with (don t fool around with fire) * * * [ fuːləˌraʊnd] (D; intr.) to fool around with (don t fool around with fire) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Fool Around — Infobox Album | Name = Fool Around Type = Album Artist = Rachel Sweet Released = 1978, 1979 Recorded = ??? Genre = Pop Length = 34:29 Label = Stiff Records, Columbia Records Producer = Liam Sternberg, Dave Mackay, Barrie Guard Reviews = Last… …   Wikipedia


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