Definition of muck about/around with in US English:

muck about/around with

phrasal verb

  • Tinker with (something), typically so as to damage or spoil it.

    ‘have you been mucking about with the aerial?’
    • ‘They can't have foreigners coming over and mucking about with their democracy, it might end up with officials becoming responsible for their actions!’
    • ‘They realise that India is too important for the sponsors to muck around with.’
    • ‘Most people treasure their right to vote and get very upset if anyone tries to muck about with it.’
    • ‘We've already got new songs that we are mucking around with, so we've almost got a new album ready to go.’
    • ‘Youths should realise they are putting their lives and those of other people at risk when they muck around with what are without doubt dangerous items.’
    • ‘When we arranged this test Marcos asked me to make allowances because I'd be testing the development prototype which was being constantly mucked about with.’
    • ‘I think there are certain benchmark institutions and arrangements in our society that you don't muck around with, and children should be brought up ideally by a mother and a father who are married.’
    • ‘In other cases, film-makers mucked around with the novels, mistakenly believing that one little tweak would make Greene more cinematic.’
    • ‘He gets to muck around with all the latest PC hardware and has a hand in making some of the fastest gaming rigs going.’
    • ‘Having a passport is a fundamental right of New Zealand citizenship and should not be mucked around with in that way.’
    • ‘I just want something cool to muck about with in my spare time.’
    • ‘As the outgoing controller of Radio Four could tell you, it's dangerous to muck around with BBC tradition.’
    • ‘It didn't turn out as well as I expected, but I'll be mucking about with it over the break.’
    • ‘Then David had a look, and after grumbling how people had been mucking about with it, he had it going as good as new.’
    • ‘Yep, I've been mucking around with the site's appearance again.’
    • ‘I generate the material, kind of leave it to them to muck around with, and go off and write some more.’
    • ‘Very difficult to get ones hands on a version as it's been mucked about with quite a bit.’
    • ‘They all got their start by mucking about with existing machines and trying to make them better.’
    • ‘Didn't play golf this weekend, as I had a bit of a turn early Saturday morning due to mucking about with my medication dosages and had to cancel.’
    • ‘In this exhibition, it's an installation which you're invited to muck around with: go there, add your own content to the magazine, move it all around and turn material over.’
    fool about, fool around, play about, play around, fiddle about, fiddle around, amuse oneself, clown about, clown around, footle about, footle around
    interfere, fiddle, fiddle about, fiddle around, play about, play around, tamper, meddle, tinker, monkey, monkey about, monkey around
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