Muck about – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

1. To muck about (or muck around) is to behave in a silly way, or to spend time idly and not get any work done.

Mainly British informal English.

Examples of use:

a) I’m sorry if we offended you – we were only mucking about.

b) Stop mucking about and do your homework!

c) If you muck about a lot in your English class you won’t learn much English!

d) She didn’t do much work today – she just mucked around on the computer all day.

2.To muck about with something (or muck around with something) means to tamper or fiddle with something – especially if you don’t really know what you are doing.

Example of use:

I mucked around with the anti-virus software on my computer and now it’s not working.

muck about
present simple
muck about and mucks about
-ing form
mucking about
past simple
mucked about
past participle
mucked about

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