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mess about

  1. (intransitive) To misbehave
    Kids! Stop messing about and do your work!
  2. (intransitive) To be in a casual non-committal relationship
    Anna and I are just messing about; this isn't going to last.
  3. (transitive) To play with; to toy with; to waste the time of (a person).
    Stop messing me about and give me a straight answer!