English version

mess around

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmess around (also mess about British English) phrasal verb informal1 LAZYto spend time lazily, doing things slowly and in a way that is not planned He spent his vacation messing around on the farm.2 BEHAVEto behave in a silly way when you should be paying attention or doing something sensible syn fool around Stop messing around and get ready for school.3 PROBLEM mess somebody around to cause a lot of problems for someone, especially by changing your mind often and not being completely honest Don’t mess me around – I want the money you promised me. mess→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
mess aroundStop messing around and pay attention!Paul blew off his fingers messing around with homemade rockets.
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Verb table
mess
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theymess
he, she, itmesses
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theymessed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave messed
he, she, ithas messed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad messed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill mess
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have messed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam messing
he, she, itis messing
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you, we, theyare messing
Past
I, he, she, itwas messing
you, we, theywere messing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been messing
he, she, ithas been messing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been messing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be messing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been messing
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