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ape around

Posted by Pamela on January 05, 2007

In Reply to: Ape around posted by alisha on January 04, 2007

: what does it mean to ape around?

To ape around (and also "to monkey around") means to act in a way which shows that you don't take a situation seriously. It comes from the playful and often silly way that chimps and other apes behave. I also wanted to say that, while I was happy to help you the other day, I was only able to do so after a big effort from everyone (including Bob) led you to finally say what you were confused about. By asking for my help in particular you might have made other people feel that their help wasn't appreciated (and they did give you a lot of help). It would be a pity if you missed out on their knowledge because they thought you were ungrateful. Pamela