Lets rap about new feminism, hip-hop and infidelity," she begins, "You got a good girl / Why she messing with a bad guy?
I really tried to be friends with those kids who were messing with me.
But messing with the learning curve is, admittedly, part of the problem.
Her worst fear, she confessed early on, was "messing up in a TV interview."
He believed that life could only be understood by messing about in it in high and low fashion.
There was no point in messing with things that undoubtedly controlled forces beyond his ability to cope with, or understand.
Chips was there the whole afternoon on his knees, messing with putty and red-lead.
I think I saw him once messing around with some cartons or something, back over the east side of the building.
Now, what did ye come on board here for, messing into my affairs?
I'd just about as soon have a box of dynamite kicking around underfoot as to have him messing in this campaign fight.
c.1300, "food for one meal, pottage," from Old French mes "portion of food, course at dinner," from Late Latin missus "course at dinner," literally "a placing, a putting (on a table, etc.)," from past participle of mittere "to put, place," in classical Latin "to send, let go" (see mission).
Meaning "communal eating place" (especially a military one) is first attested 1530s, from earlier sense of "company of persons eating together" (early 15c.), originally a group of four. Sense of "mixed food," especially for animals, (1738) led to contemptuous use for "jumble, mixed mass" (1828) and figurative sense of "state of confusion" (1834), as well as "condition of untidiness" (1851). General use for "a quantity" of anything is attested by 1830. Meaning "excrement" (of animals) is from 1903.
late 14c., "serve up in portions," from mess (n.). Meaning "take one's meals" is from 1701; that of "make a mess" is from 1853. Related: Messed; messing. To mess with "interfere, get involved" is from 1903; mess up "make a mistake, get in trouble" is from 1933 (earlier" make a mess of," 1909), both originally American English colloquial.
a portion of food given to a guest (Gen. 43:34; 2 Sam. 11:8).