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muck

2 verb
     
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muck about/around

phrasal verb
1 to behave in a silly way, especially when you should be working or paying attention to something [= mess around]:
Stop mucking about and listen!
Some of the boys were mucking around on bikes.
2

muck somebody about/around

to cause trouble for someone, especially by changing your mind a lot or not doing what you promised to do [= mess somebody around]:
The company kept mucking us around and changing the price.

muck in

phrasal verb
1 to do your share of the work that is necessary in order to get a job done:
If we all muck in, we could get the whole house painted by the end of the week.
2 to share space with other people
muck in with
There are only three bedrooms. Do you mind mucking in with the other boys?

muck something ↔ out

phrasal verb
TA to clean the place where a farm animal lives:
You have to muck out the stables every day in the winter.

muck something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 British English to do something badly, so that you fail to achieve something [= mess up]:
I really mucked up my driving test first time.
2 to spoil something, especially an arrangement or plan [= mess up]:
The bad weather mucked up our plans for a picnic.
3 British English to make something dirty [= mess up]:
Who's mucked up the carpet in here?

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