French translation of 'mess about'
- (= play around)
faire l'imbécile or faire les imbéciles
⇒ Stop messing about and do some work.
Arrête de faire l'imbécile et mets-toi au travail.
- (= interfere)
to mess about with sth
⇒ Stop messing about with my computer!
Arrête de tripoter mon ordinateur!
⇒ Don't mess about with my things!
Ne touche pas à mes affaires!
to be messing about (= joking)
separable transitive verb
to mess sb about (= treat badly)
faire tourner qn en bourrique
⇒ I think they've been messed about far too much already.
Je trouve qu'on les a déjà fait bien trop tourner en bourrique.
Example Sentences Including 'mess about'
`There's reporters around there who mess about in taxis all day and never write anything.A Conviction of Guilt
Sir Richard had been most emphatic; don't mess about , he had said, waiting for photos, evidence, documents.The Gwen John Sculpture
If you'd got to mess about with the transmission you could at least have put him on to closed circuit.HUMAN VOICES (2003)
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'mess about' in Other Languages
- Arabic: يَعْبَثُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: embromar
- Chinese: 混日子
- Croatian: tratiti vrijeme
- Czech: blbnout
- Danish: gå og rode
- Dutch: prutsen
- European Spanish: enredar
- Finnish: vetelehtiä
- French: faire n’importe quoi
- German: herumgammeln
- Greek: περιφέρομαι
- Italian: perdere tempo
- Japanese: 無為に過ごす
- Korean: 빈둥대다
- Norwegian: rote rundt
- Polish: nic konkretnego nie robić
- Portuguese: não fazer nada
- Romanian: a pierde vremea
- Russian: валять дурака
- Spanish: pasar el rato
- Swedish: spela pajas
- Thai: ฆ่าเวลาโดยการทำอะไรที่ไม่สำคัญ
- Turkish: oyalanmak
- Ukrainian: байдикувати
- Vietnamese: làm việc tào lao
Translation of mess about from the Collins English to French Dictionary