prat about (third-person singular simple present prats about, present participle pratting about, simple past and past participle pratted about)
- (informal) To waste time doing pointless or silly things
- What are you pratting about with now? Get your homework done.
- (informal) To fail to do something correctly, and so consider the time to be wasted.
- I spent the weekend pratting about with the central heating and got absolutely nowhere with it!