fool/horse/monkey around

  • camaysar

    Senior Member
    usa, english
    Also, "monkey around" is often used to describe doing something haphazardly, without full knowledge, as "I don't really understand how to repair automobile engines. I just like to monkey around with them."

    Susan Y

    Senior Member
    British English
    Well, as a middle-aged BE speaker, i might use "horse around" occasionally (I wouldn't use the other two (fool/monkey) at all).

    I can imagine saying to my children, for example: "Stop horsing around and get your homework done!"

    However, I think I'd be more likely to say "Stop messing around...".
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