In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(misbehave)(children) hacer travesuras(children) tontearshe found out he'd been messing around — descubrió que había tenido líos / enredos con otras
- he started messing around with drugs — empezó a meterse con drogas
1.2(fiddle, waste time)I was just messing around with some friends — andaba por ahí ganduleando con unos amigos
- he enjoys messing around in boats — le gusta entretenerse / pasar el tiempo navegando
- she didn't mess around: she told him straight out — no se anduvo con vueltas; se lo dijo sin más
1.3(interfere)to mess around (with sth/sb)
- they keep messing around with the arrangements — cambian los planes una y otra vez
- stop messing around with my things! — ¡deja mis cosas tranquilas!
- don't mess around with me — no juegues conmigo
2.1British (treat inconsiderately)don't mess me around: are you going to come or not? — no me fastidies / decídete de una vez ¿vienes o no? coloquial
- he messed us around over the date — nos cambió mil veces la fecha
- he messed me around so much that I left him — jugó conmigo de tal manera, que lo dejé
2.2British (muddle)armar un lío con coloquial
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