futz around

futz

[fuhts] Slang.
verb (used without object)
1.
to pass time in idleness (usually followed by around ).
noun
2.
a fool; simpleton.
Verb phrases
3.
futz (around) with, to handle or deal with, especially idly, reluctantly, or as a time-consuming task: I spent all day futzing with those file folders.

Origin:
1930–35, Americanism; apparently a euphemism for fuck; perhaps blend of this word and putz

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Main Entry:  futz around
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to fool or play around; screw around or waste time
Example:  She futzed around with the background and screensaver settings on her computer.
Usage:  slang
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Word Origin & History

futz
"loaf, waste time," 1932, Amer.Eng., perhaps from Yiddish.
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Idioms & Phrases

futz around

Also, futz with. Waste time or effort on frivolities, play around. For example, He spent all morning futzing around with the report, or No more futzing with the carwe have to go now. This term may be a shortening and corruption of the Yiddish arumfartzen, for "fart around." [Slang; 1920s]

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