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futz

[fuhts]Slang.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to pass time in idleness (usually followed by around).
noun
  1. a fool; simpleton.
Verb Phrases
  1. 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 of futz

1930–35, Americanism; apparently a euphemism for fuck; perhaps blend of this word and putz
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Word Origin and History for futz around

futz

v.

"loaf, waste time," 1932, American English, perhaps from Yiddish. Related: Futzed; futzing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with futz around

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 car—we 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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