fuck about v.
1. to mess about, to waste time, to fool around (with).
|‘Twins’ in(1979) 226: And it’s in with it, out with it, don’t fuck about with it.|
|Mint (1955) 44: I wasn’t going to fuck about for those toffy-nosed buggers. [Ibid.] 118: Bloody binding to fuck round this cunting fence all night.|
|(con. 1920s) USA (1966) 1013: If you f—k around it’ll cost you more.Big Money in|
|‘Our Windy Sergeant’ in Kiss Me Goodnight, Sgt.-Major (1973) 27: Early in the morning when his boys are standing-to, / He’s fucking round the barracks with his four-by-two.|
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 66: We don’t fuck around – man, when you want to whip one on, just call [...] Our boys are always ready.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 337: We have just left Barranquilla after fucking around all day.letter 26 May in|
|Dragon Can’t Dance (1998) 150: He just come up here to fuck around, to show off, because he ain’t have nobody else to show off his girls and his hat and his car to yet.|
|London Fields 282: You start fucking around with the way your babies look.|
|Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 60: Quit fuckin’ around man and give her the shot!|
|Grits 311: If thiz any fuckin about goin on in me kitchen lerruz know, will yer?|
|Shame the Devil 220: C’mon Frank [...] You fuckin’ around too much now.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘Stop fucking around, Trip. Tell me what you know’.|
|Panopticon (2013) 31: Do it in order, dinnae fuck around.|
|Killing Pool 8: Don’t fuck about, dickhead! Where’s your fucking gear?|
2. to annoy someone, to inconvenience, to waste someone’s time.
|Thief’s Primer 132: I’d take his ass to the grievance committee [...] If he fucked me around, then I’ve got somewhere to take him to.|
|Sir, You Bastard 172: Don’t fuck me about, jack.|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 25: He’s not taking no shit off anybody that wants to fuck around with him.|
|Big Huey 122: The reason the locks got done is that they’ve been fucking us about over the rules around here.|
|Filth 59: It would be pleasurable to fuck Niddrie about.|
|Indep. Rev. 7 Jan. 12: Marty and Scott Rudin, the producer, were too powerful for Nic [...] to fuck around with.|
|Soho 205: I suggest you stop fucking me about and let me pass.|
3. to wander about aimlessly.
|City of Night 49: I dont feel like fuckin around today [...] Lets just make the flix.|
4. to have sex outside one’s primary relationship.
|Grits 146: — Mairead’s away is she?’ [...] — Yeh, why? — So yis urr fuckin abou’?|
5. (US Und.) to commit a crime.
|Running the Books 170: You did not fuck around in their neighborhood, unless you had the green light. If they caught you out of line, man, they’d fuck you up.|