fool around/mess around (sexual meaning)

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Hello!! I'd like to know the difference, if any, between fool around and mess around. I'm talking about the sexual meaning these verbs convey.
I think both can mean something like 'kiss, makeout...maybe having sex as well?'

I'd like to know, too, if this meaning is commonly used. And, is it informal?
Thanks in advance!
  • Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    To me, today they usually imply having sex. If you're reading a book from the 1950s, they could mean stopping before having sex.

    (Yes, it's common, and yes, it's informal.)
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