muck about

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muck about (third-person singular simple present mucks about, present participle mucking about, simple past and past participle mucked about)

  1. (informal, intransitive) To do random unplanned work or spend time idly
    Stop mucking about and get on with your work!
  2. (informal, intransitive) To attempt to do something with a piece of equipment without understanding how it works.
    Don't muck about with the video machine, or you might break it.
  3. (informal, intransitive, Britain) To be playful; full of fun and high spirits
    It was only a joke. We were only mucking about.