Definition of mess around phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mess around

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb School life
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    mess around

    (British English also mess about)
     
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  1. 1to behave in a silly and annoying way, especially instead of doing something useful synonym fool around Will you stop messing around and get on with some work? I messed around in my first year at college. See related entries: School life
  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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