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Definition interfere (in another's affairs or business); or handle (something that shouldn't be handled)
  • She's always meddling in other people's business.
meddling = interfering (getting involved where not wanted)
  • Don't meddle in my affairs!
  • meddle = interfere
  • It was a bit late to repair the damage, but Harry swore to himself not to meddle in things that weren't his business from now on.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • meddle = get involved
  • Only, another time do not meddle with my game.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • meddle = interfere
  • For some reason, my first year of school had wrought a great change in our relationship: Calpurnia's tyranny, unfairness, and meddling in my business had faded to gentle grumblings of general disapproval.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • meddling = interfering
  • I want no messing about when you go in! No touching, no meddling, and no tasting!
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • meddling = interfering (in another's affairs or business); or handling (something that shouldn't be handled)
  • ...and she says: "WELL, you get all the enjoyment you can out of it NOW, for mind I tell you if I catch you meddling with him again—"
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • meddling = interfering
  • Harry was halfway toward it before he remembered what he'd promised himself about not meddling.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • meddling = getting involved in things that are not his responsibility
  • But, son, I am angry that thou shouldst meddle in the business that belongs to these dirty Assamese jungle folk.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • meddle = interfere
  • Well, he can make somebody's will so airtight can't anybody meddle with it.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • meddle = interfere (with the stated desires)
  • Who told you you might meddle with such hifalut'n foolishness, hey?
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • meddle = interfere
  • "Well, I'll learn her how to meddle.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • meddle = interfere
  • Meddling with WHO?
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • meddling = interfering
  • I was in a sweat then, and watched him pretty keen. But he never meddled at all; just slid the lid along as soft as mush, and screwed it down tight and fast. So there I was! I didn't know whether the money was in there or not.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • meddled = manipulated something that shouldn't be handled
  • The duke told him to make himself free and easy, and if anybody ever come meddling around, he must hop out of the wigwam, and carry on a little, and fetch a howl or two like a wild beast, and he reckoned they would light out and leave him alone.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • meddling = interfering
  • The dead Tenorio who had meddled with the fate of Narciso and Ultima would be carted away from our hills.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • "Yes," said Astaroth, "but he has learned that little boys should not meddle in such big affairs.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • And if I deny your right, Mozart, to interfere with the Steppenwolf, and to meddle in his destiny?
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Besides, I meddle not the least with any party, but write without passion, prejudice, or ill-will against any man, or number of men, whatsoever.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • Nay, said sir Dinas, I shall never trust them that once betrayed me, and therefore, as ye have begun, so end, for I will never meddle with you.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I

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