fiddle

fiddle
fid|dle1 [ˈfıdl] n informal
[Date: 1200-1300; : Medieval Latin; Origin: vitula 'instrument played at ceremonies']
1.) a ↑violin
2.) BrE a dishonest way of getting money
an insurance fiddle
on the fiddle
They suspected he was on the fiddle (=getting money dishonestly or illegally) all along.
3.) be a fiddle
to be difficult to do and involve complicated movements of your hands
This blouse is a bit of a fiddle to do up.
fit as a fiddle atfit2 (1), play second fiddle (to sb) atplay1 (22)
fiddle 2
fiddle2 v
1.)
to keep moving and touching something, especially because you are bored or nervous
Stop fiddling, will you!
I sat and fiddled at the computer for a while.
fiddle with
She was at her desk in the living room, fiddling with a deck of cards.
2.) [T] [i]BrE informal to give false information about something, in order to avoid paying money or to get extra money
Bert had been fiddling his income tax for years.
fiddle the books
(=give false figures in a company's financial records)
3.)
to play a ↑violin
fiddle around [i]phr v
to waste time doing unimportant things
fiddle around with [fiddle around with sth] phr v
1.) to move the parts of a machine in order to try to make it work or repair it
I've been fiddling around with this old car for months but I still can't get it to work.
2.) to make small unnecessary changes to something - used to show disapproval
= ↑mess around with
Why did you let her fiddle about with the remote control?
The bus company is always fiddling around with the schedules.
fiddle with [fiddle with sth] phr v
1.) to move part of a machine in order to make it work, without knowing exactly what you should do
After fiddling with the tuning I finally got JFM.
2.) to move or touch something that does not belong to you, in an annoying way
Don't let him fiddle with my bag.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • fiddle — fid‧dle [ˈfɪdl] verb [transitive] informal to give false information about something in order to avoid paying money, or to get extra money: • It would be naive to think that staff never fiddle their expenses. • Auditors ensure that employers or… …   Financial and business terms

  • Fiddle — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El término Fiddle, hace referencia a cualquier instrumento musical de cuerda que se hace sonar con arco, lo que incluye al violín. Se trata de un término coloquial para aquellos instrumentos utilizados por músicos en …   Wikipedia Español

  • Fiddle — Fid dle (f[i^]d d l), n. [OE. fidele, fithele, AS. fi[eth]ele; akin to D. vedel, OHG. fidula, G. fiedel, Icel. fi[eth]la, and perh. to E. viol. Cf. {Viol}.] 1. (Mus.) A stringed instrument of music played with a bow; a violin; a kit. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fiddle — est un mot anglais qui signifie « violon », mais avec une connotation plus populaire que violin (qui est le terme anglais usuel pour désigner un violon, en particulier un violon de musique classique). Il s agit de l instrument de celui… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • fiddle — ► NOUN 1) informal a violin. 2) informal, chiefly Brit. an act of fraud or cheating. 3) informal an unnecessarily intricate or awkward task. ► VERB informal 1) touch or fidget with something restlessly or nervously. 2) chiefly Brit. falsify… …   English terms dictionary

  • fiddle — [fid′ l] n. [ME fithele < OE < VL * vitula < L vitulari, to rejoice: vi (< IE * woi , wi , outcry > OE wi, Gr ia) + ? base of tollere, to raise, exalt] 1. Informal any stringed instrument played with a bow, esp. the violin ☆ 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Fiddle — Fid dle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fiddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fiddling}.] 1. To play on a fiddle. [1913 Webster] Themistocles . . . said he could not fiddle, but he could make a small town a great city. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To keep the hands and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fiddle — Fid dle, v. t. To play (a tune) on a fiddle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fiddle —   [englisch, fɪdl], Violine …   Universal-Lexikon

  • fiddle — англ. [фидл] Fidel, Fiedel нем. [фи/дэль] fidula лат. [фи/дула] фидель, старин. смычковый инструм …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • fiddle — [v] mess with, tinker dabble, doodle, feel, fidget, finger, fool, handle, interfere, mess, mess around*, monkey*, play, potter, puddle, putter, tamper, touch, toy, trifle, twiddle; concepts 87,291 …   New thesaurus

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