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phrasal verb [transitive] informal
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present tense
I/you/we/theymess with
he/she/itmesses with
present participlemessing with
past tensemessed with
past participlemessed with

or mess around with

  1. 1
    mess with someone to make someone angry, or to argue with them

    I wouldn't mess with her if I were you.

  2. 2
    mess with something to become involved with something that is dangerous

    A lot of the kids had been messing with drugs.

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