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

Derived forms: fiddled, fiddles, fiddling

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

Encyclopedia: Fiddle