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    Tamper with or temper with

    I wrote to a colleague recently, and in a statement I said "....tamper caution with prudence". He replied back saying the correct usage should have been "temper" instead of "tamper".

    Please clarify the correct usage.

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    Re: Tamper with or temper with

    "Temper" has a similar meaning to moderate in this context.

    Google define:temper

    make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; "she tempered her criticism"

    Tamper means "to interfere with"

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    Re: Tamper with or temper with

    If you were to stretch a point, I suppose you could tamper cautiously with Prudence. But Prudence would probably object.

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