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To do something in a way that is not serious - synonyms or related words

play at

to do something without being very serious about it

dabble

verb

to be involved in an activity for a short time in a way that is not very serious

trifle with

to deal with something in a way that shows you do not have a serious attitude toward it

diddle

verb

informal

American

to spend time doing something in a way that is not very serious

go through the motions

to do things in the usual way but without much effort or enthusiasm because you do not expect to succeed

rat tail

a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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speak human

(of a politician) to be able to communicate and connect with ordinary people

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