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What is another word for messes around?

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To act flirtatiously, especially just for fun
“He's the guy who goes to the gym and shows off his muscles just to mess around with the women.”
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To behave or act in a jocular manner
“I couldn't tell if he was serious, or just trying to mess around.”
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To tinker with something casually or in a nonserious manner
“I point the remote at the TV and mess around with the controls.”
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To interfere with something, typically causing damage or harm to it
“If potential criminals can't get to your computer, they can't steal it, and they sure can't mess around with the data it contains.”
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To mistreat someone
“Santo kept messing around, and it was bound to happen that he'd mess around with the wrong woman once too often and pay the price.”
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To waste or spend time in aimless or frivolous activity
“I was feeling lazy anyway, so it was a perfect day to mess around doing nothing special.”
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To associate or keep company with
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“Who are the four kids in this school you would choose to mess around with?”
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Avoid work
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To toy with
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(colloquial) To poke fun at or make fun of
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Plays games with
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Interfere in something that is not one's concern
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Fail to act resolutely or decisively
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To do nothing in particular
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(experiment with or on) To perform an experimental procedure, especially for scientific purposes
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