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Monkey around

Posted by Bob on September 10, 2003

In Reply to: Monkey around posted by ESC on September 10, 2003

: : Hello,
: : Would you please give me a list of phrases that have the same meaning as 'monkey around'.
: : Thanks.

: Fool around. Horse around.

Engage in horse play. Play around. (In the sense of childish behavior, physical exhuberant play.) There's also "monkey around with" which is "tinkering" in the sense of, say, an amateur adjusting the controls of a carburetor, not really knowing how to do it properly, but monkeying around with the settings by trial and error.
Those are both un-serious physical activities, a bit randomized ... but one sense is juvelnile play,and the other is less-than-scientific exploration.