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muck around

British and Australian English INFORMAL
This page is about the phrasal verb muck around.

Meaning: to waste time when you could be doing something useful

Synonym: mess around, fool around

For example:

  • muck around The boss heard us laughing so he came in and told us to stop mucking around and do some work.

  • muck around We didn't do much over the holidays. We just mucked around at home most days.

Note: "muck about" has the same meaning and can be used in the same way

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Their teacher told them that if they spent all their time mucking around, they'd

a. soon improve

b. get excellent grades

c. never get a good job

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Contributor: Matt Errey