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Definition of mess around phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

mess around

 phrasal verb
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  1. 1 to behave in a silly and annoying way, especially instead of doing something useful synonym fool around Will you stop messing around and get some work done? I messed around in my first year at college. Look - I'm not messing around. I've got to go now!
  2. 2to spend time doing something for pleasure in a relaxed way We spent the day messing around on the river.
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