mess around
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mess around(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to hang out)
a. pasar el rato
It was nice to have the afternoon to just mess around and not have to work.Fue lindo tener la tarde para pasar el rato nada más y no tener que trabajar.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to waste time)
a. perder el tiempo
You can't afford to spend the day messing around with the amount of work you've got in front of you.No te puedes permitir pasar todo el día perdiendo el tiempo con la cantidad de trabajo que tienes por delante.
b. hacer el tonto
Quit messing around and do your chores!¡Deja de hacer el tonto y haz tus quehaceres!
c. hacer el indio
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Enough messing around. Get back to work!Basta de hacer el indio. ¡A trabajar!
3. (to play)
a. jugar
The kids were messing around in the backyard when their mother called them in for dinner.Los niños estaban jugando en el jardín cuando su madre los llamó a cenar.
4. (to tease)
a. decir bobadas
Yolanda has a very dry sense of humor, so people sometimes don't know when she's just messing around.Yolanda tiene un sentido de humor muy seco, así que a veces la gente no sabe cuando solo está diciendo bobadas.
b. bromear
Don't be so sensitive! I was just messing around!¡No seas tan sensible! ¡Si solo estaba bromeando!
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to be physically intimate)
a. ligarse
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Juan and Elena were messing around in his car when her father showed up.Juan y Elena se estaban ligando en su carro cuando apareció el padre de ella.
b. enrollarse
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The first time I messed around with Carlos, he came right out and told me he loved me. It was all a bit much, you know?La primera vez que me enrollé con Carlos, salió con que me amaba. Fue como demasiado, ¿sabes?
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to have an affair)
a. tener un lío
Gerald's wife left him when she found out he'd been messing around.La esposa de Gerald lo dejó cuando se enteró de que había tenido un lío.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to tease) (United Kingdom)
a. torear
I've been back to have this mended four times, and you keep messing me around; I'd just like my money back.He vuelto para que arreglen esto cuatro veces ya, y me siguen toreando; solo quiero que me devuelvan el dinero.
b. tomar el pelo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Quit messing me around. Be serious for just a minute, will you?Deja de tomarme el pelo. Sé serio si solo por un minuto, ¿quieres?
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mess about, mess around
verbo transitivo con partícula
1. traer a maltraer (familiar) (treat badly)
intransitive verb
2. hacer el tonto (fool about, waste time)
3. (tinker)
  • to m about or around with something enredar con algo
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