- waste time (usually "futz around")
- tinker with; make small changes
- "He turned the project in late because he could not stop futzing with it."
Languages of Origin
from vulgar Yiddish אַרומפֿאַרצן זיך arúmfartsn zikh 'to fart around'
Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
Even in the early 1940s it was used by many non-Jews. Rothenberg, Julius. 1943. “Some American Idioms from the Yiddish.” American Speech 18(1): 43-48.
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