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Noun: fiddle  fi-d(u)l
  1. A violin used to play folk music
  2. [informal] Bowed stringed instrument that is the highest member of the violin family; this instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow
    - violin
  3. [Brit, informal] Intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
    - fraud
  4. [Brit, informal] Something awkward to do or use, requiring a degree of manual dexterity
Verb: fiddle  fi-d(u)l
  1. Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
    "Don't fiddle with the screws";
    - toy, diddle [informal], play
  2. [informal] Play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly
    "the reporter fiddled with the facts";
    - tamper, monkey
  3. [informal] Commit fraud and steal from one's employer
    "We found out that she had been fiddling for years"
  4. [informal] (music) play the violin or fiddle
    "Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"
  5. Try to fix or mend
    "She always fiddles with her van on the weekend";
    - tinker
  6. Avoid (one's assigned duties)
    "The derelict soldier fiddled his duties";
    - shirk, shrink from, goldbrick [N. Amer, informal]

Derived forms: fiddling, fiddled, fiddles

See also: flirt with

Type of: avoid, bowed stringed instrument, bushel [US], crime, criminal offence [Brit, Cdn], criminal offense [US], defalcate, doctor [informal], embezzle, fix, furbish up, law-breaking, malversate, manipulate, mend, misappropriate, peculate, play, repair, restore, spiel, string, touch on

Encyclopedia: Fiddle