To monkey around with
Monkey Mon"key, v. t. & i. To act or treat as a monkey does; to ape; to act in a grotesque or meddlesome manner. [1913 Webster]

{To monkey with}, {To monkey around with}, to handle in a meddlesome manner. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • monkey (around) with (something) — to adjust something. It seems like any time they monkey with taxes, wealthy people benefit the most. Usage notes: usually said about an effort to fix or improve something, especially an effort that does not succeed …   New idioms dictionary

  • monkey around with someone — Go to Mess around (with someone) …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • monkey around with something — Go to Mess around (with something) …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • To monkey with — Monkey Mon key, v. t. & i. To act or treat as a monkey does; to ape; to act in a grotesque or meddlesome manner. [1913 Webster] {To monkey with}, {To monkey around with}, to handle in a meddlesome manner. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • monkey\ 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… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • monkey around — v. (colloq.) (AE) (D; intr.) to monkey around with * * * (colloq.) (AE) (D; intr.) to monkey around with …   Combinatory dictionary

  • monkey around — verb do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house • Syn: ↑putter, ↑mess around, ↑potter, ↑tinker, ↑monkey, ↑muck about, ↑muck around …   Useful english dictionary

  • mess around (with someone) — AND mess about (with someone); monkey around (with someone) 1. in. to play with someone sexually. □ Those two have been messing around. □ Pete was messing around with Maria, and now she’s storked. 2. in. to waste someone’s time …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • mess around (with something) mess about (with something); — AND monkey around (with something) in. to play with or fiddle with something. □ Don’t mess around with the ashtray. □ You’ l l break it if you don’t stop monkeying around with it …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Monkey — Mon key, v. t. & i. To act or treat as a monkey does; to ape; to act in a grotesque or meddlesome manner. [1913 Webster] {To monkey with}, {To monkey around with}, to handle in a meddlesome manner. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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