English version

fool around

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfool around (also fool about British English) phrasal verb1 STUPID/NOT SENSIBLEto waste time behaving in a silly way or doing things that are not important syn mess around He always used to fool around in class.2 STUPID/NOT SENSIBLEto behave in a way which is careless and not responsible syn mess around with Some idiot’s been fooling around with the electricity supply!3 American English to spend time doing something that you enjoy, but that does not have a particular purpose syn mess around The boys were out in the yard, just fooling around.4 SYto have a sexual relationship with someone else’s wife, boyfriend etc syn mess around She found out that he’d been fooling around behind her back. fool→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
fool withThis seems like a guy I can fool around with.I fooled around with a lamb chop for a while, but decided I wasn't really very hungry after all.Why fool around with money, or taking teeth out, when I might not enjoy it as much?I make a policy of never fooling around with my clients.Matt thinks his wife is fooling around with someone.Augie and I are fooling around with them.Stop fooling around with those scissors before you hurt yourself!
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Verb table
fool
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyfool
he, she, itfools
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyfooled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave fooled
he, she, ithas fooled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad fooled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill fool
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have fooled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam fooling
he, she, itis fooling
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you, we, theyare fooling
Past
I, he, she, itwas fooling
you, we, theywere fooling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been fooling
he, she, ithas been fooling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been fooling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be fooling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been fooling
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