play around

play around(
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. (to play)
a. jugar
Do your chores. - But I want to go outside and play around!Haz tus tareas. - ¡Pero quiero ir afuera y jugar!
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g., cat, groovy).
(to have sex; often used with "with")
a. tontear
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
We played around, but Kyle is not my boyfriend.Tonteamos, pero Kyle no es mi novio.
3. (to tinker; often used with "with")
a. juguetear
This soup is too salty. - Why don't you play around with the recipe?Esta sopa está demasiado salada. - ¿Por qué no jugueteas con la receta?
b. dar vueltas (idea)
Your thesis needs work. Play around with the idea and turn in another draft next week.Tienes que trabajar tu tesis; dale vueltas a la idea y entrega otro borrador la semana que viene.
4. (to be unserious; often used with "with")
a. jugar
This is not the time to play around. Chloe's life is in danger.Este no es momento de jugar; la vida de Chloe corre peligro.
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play around
1 (also play about) [+children] jugar; divertirse
2 (sleep around) dormir con cualquiera
to play around or about with sth (fiddle with) juguetear con algo; (tamper with) toquetear algo
Stop playing around with that watch!
It's frightening that scientists are allowed to play around with the hormone content of plants
I played around with the programme till it worked ensayé el programa de varias maneras hasta hacerlo funcionar bien; to play around with an idea dar vueltas a una idea; barajar una idea
I was just playing around with a few ideas when the plot of the film suddenly came to me
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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