Synonyms of 'tinker'
meddleDictionary, play, toyInstead of admitting their error, they just tinkered with the problem.
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She dabbled with drugs at University.
play (at or with)
scratch the surface of
have a smattering of
potter about or around or round with
If you fiddle with a machine, you adjust it.
He fiddled with the radio dial.
Thesaurus for tinker from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you tinker with something, you make some small changes to it, in an attempt to improve it or repair it.