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futz

 (fŭts)
intr.v. futzed, futz·ing, futz·es Slang
1. To waste time or effort on frivolities; fool. Often used with around: "He used to look down on fellows like Shanley for studying so much, and for not drinking and dancing and futzing around the way he and Marty and Tim had" (James T. Farrell).
2. To fiddle, trifle, or tamper with something. Often used with with: Stop futzing with the camera and take the picture.

[Perhaps partial translation and alteration of Yiddish arumfartsn (zikh), to fart around : arum-, around + fartsn, to fart (from Middle High German varzen; see perd- in Indo-European roots).]
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futz

(fʌts)
vb (intr)
to waste time; to idle (often used in phrases such as futz around or futz about)
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futz

(fʌts)
Slang. v.i.
1. to pass time in idleness (usu. fol. by around).
2. futz (around) with, to deal with tediously and nigglingly.
n.
3. a fool; simpleton.
[1930–35, Amer.]
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I futzed with my car's GPS, but it couldn't even locate me, let alone tell me where to go.
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