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    Alternate american phrasal verb to 'muck around'?

    Hello all,

    I know what muck around means, but it is mostly used in British, Aus & NZ dialects. Is there an American alternate phrasal verb similar to this?

    Appreciate Help

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    Re: Alternate american phrasal verb to 'muck around'?

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    Fool/horse around.

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    Re: Alternate american phrasal verb to 'muck around'?

    That sounds familiar. I have heard it a lot of Hollywood (American) films.

    Thanks thatone

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    Re: Alternate american phrasal verb to 'muck around'?

    Fool around, mess around, horse around, screw* around. All interchangeable and all commonly used in AmE.


    *This one depends upon context; if you're obviously referring to wasting time, it is understood as such. But it can also be used to describe someone who has indiscriminate sex with multiple partners.

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    Re: Alternate american phrasal verb to 'muck around'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    screw* around.


    *This one depends upon context; if you're obviously referring to wasting time, it is understood as such. But it can also be used to describe someone who has indiscriminate sex with multiple partners.
    Like "f*ck around". Regarding AmE, I have heard "fool around" a lot.

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