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ting ker

  • n  a person who enjoys fixing and experimenting with machines and their parts
  • n  formerly a person (traditionally a Gypsy) who traveled from place to place mending pots and kettles and other metal utensils as a way to earn a living
  • n  small mackerel found nearly worldwide
  • v  do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
  • v  work as a tinker or tinkerer
  • v  try to fix or mend
    Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right

  • This group's goal wasn't merely to tinker with the system, but to declare that, without democracy, China had no future.
  • We must stop treating the poor as laboratory subjects that we tinker with in our pricey think tanks and universities.
  • Linus Torvalds wanted an OS that he could tinker with.
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  • Joe Barton in Washington Post
    They keep trying to tinker with the current system,Barton says, "and to me it's like -- and I don't mean this directly -- it's like communism. You can't fix it."
  • Ricki Herbert in AFP
    I think we?ve got some really good fixtures lined up leading into our arrival in South Africa so something a bit more informal will be an ideal opportunity to finalise our build-up,New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert said. "We may tinker with...

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