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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MESSING AROUND

He does not care for our way of living, I know, and he does like messing around.

I'd hate to see you messing around with bags like that myself, and if I hadn't been drunk I wouldn't have let you.

My last letter from Mom said Billy was messing around with a portable atom reactor and she was afraid he might blow himself up.

"Whoever was messing around on the power deck just before you blasted off for the trials must have dumped it in," said Tom.

Personally, I don't care much about messing around outside after dark.

I think I saw him once messing around with some cartons or something, back over the east side of the building.

An American cove at Leipzig taking four years' penal for messing around after plans of the Heligoland fortifications.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "food for one meal, pottage," from Old French mes "portion of food, course at dinner," from Late Latin missus "course at dinner," literally "a placing, a putting (on a table, etc.)," from past participle of mittere "to put, place," in classical Latin "to send, let go" (see mission).

Meaning "communal eating place" (especially a military one) is first attested 1530s, from earlier sense of "company of persons eating together" (early 15c.), originally a group of four. Sense of "mixed food," especially for animals, (1738) led to contemptuous use for "jumble, mixed mass" (1828) and figurative sense of "state of confusion" (1834), as well as "condition of untidiness" (1851). General use for "a quantity" of anything is attested by 1830. Meaning "excrement" (of animals) is from 1903.

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