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|present participle||messing about|
|past tense||messed about|
|past participle||messed about|
Stop messing about – I’m serious about this!
We spent the weekend messing about on John’s boat.
There’s no point messing about. Let’s start now.
They don’t mess about, do they? I ordered the book yesterday and it’s already come.
He’ll spend hours messing about with that motorbike.
Diane’s been messing around with a married man.
|present participle||messing up|
|past tense||messed up|
|past participle||messed up|
She says she completely messed up the interview.
You messed up. Don’t let it happen again.
They had managed to mess up the whole office.
The wind had messed his hair up.
Drugs really messed her up.
The virus messed up my body so badly that they told me I was going to die.
|present participle||messing with|
|past tense||messed with|
|past participle||messed with|
I wouldn’t mess with her if I were you.
This is the British English definition of mess. View American English definition of mess.