Definition of 'mess about'
Example sentences containing 'mess about'
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It's not just having a mess about and go home. The Sun (2016)We were just messing about, but still trying to beat each other. Times, Sunday Times (2006)I thought he was just messing about. The Sun (2006)I don't think he will mess about. The Sun (2015)I was going to stay on but the school said you're just here to mess about. The Sun (2012)The mum of three said: 'He was just messing about. The Sun (2015)No fuss, no messing about, just button a stiff shirt all the way up. Times, Sunday Times (2013)And is that all work or just messing about, I ask? Times, Sunday Times (2006)
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Used Rarely. mess about is in the lower 50% of commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'mess about'
British English: mess about /mɛs əˈbaʊt/ VERB
If you mess about, you spend time doing things without any particular purpose or without achieving anything.
The children scribbled with crayons at the table and messed about.
- American English: mess around
- 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
- European Portuguese: não fazer nada
- Romanian: a pierde vremea
- Russian: валять дурака
- Latin American Spanish: pasar el rato
- Swedish: spela pajas
- Thai: ฆ่าเวลาโดยการทำอะไรที่ไม่สำคัญ
- Turkish: oyalanmak
- Ukrainian: байдикувати
- Vietnamese: làm việc tào lao
Definition of mess about from the Collins English Dictionary
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