monkey (around) with (something)

monkey (around) with (something)
monkey (around) with (something) to adjust something.

It seems like any time they monkey with taxes, wealthy people benefit the most.

Usage notes: usually said about an effort to fix or improve something, especially an effort that does not succeed

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  • monkey around with something — Go to Mess around (with something) …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • mess around (with something) mess about (with something); — AND monkey around (with something) in. to play with or fiddle with something. □ Don’t mess around with the ashtray. □ You’ l l break it if you don’t stop monkeying around with it …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • monkey\ around — • fool around • mess around • play around • monkey around v informal 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. If you go to college, you must work, not fool around. The boys fooled around all… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • monkey around — verb do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly The old lady is usually mucking about in her little house • Syn: ↑putter, ↑mess around, ↑potter, ↑tinker, ↑monkey, ↑muck about, ↑muck around …   Useful english dictionary

  • monkey with — TAMPER WITH, fiddle with, interfere with, meddle with, tinker with, play with; informal mess with; Brit. informal muck about/around with. → monkey * * * monkey with [phrasal verb] monkey with (something) informal : to handle or play wit …   Useful english dictionary

  • monkey — 1 noun (C) 1 ANIMAL a small brown animal with a long tail, which uses its hands to climb trees and lives in hot countries 2 CHILD informal a small child who is very active and likes to play tricks: Stop that, you little monkey! 3 monkey business… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • monkey — mon|key1 [ˈmʌŋki] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from Low German] 1.) a small brown animal with a long tail, which uses its hands to climb trees and lives in hot countries 2.) informal a small child who is very active and likes to play… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • monkey-fart — AND fiddle fart in. to waste time; to do something ineffectually or inefficiently. (A blend of monkey around and fart around.) □ Stop monkey farting and get over here and get to work. □ He spent the day fiddle farting with his motorcycle …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • fool around — or[mess around] or[play around] or[monkey around] {v.}, {informal} 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. * /If you go to college, you must work, not fool around./ * /The boys fooled around… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fool around — or[mess around] or[play around] or[monkey around] {v.}, {informal} 1. To spend time playing, fooling, or joking instead of being serious or working; waste time. * /If you go to college, you must work, not fool around./ * /The boys fooled around… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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