fiddle - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlefiddling
past tensefiddled
past participlefiddled
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to touch or move something with many small quick movements of your fingers because you are bored, nervous, or concentrating on something else
    fiddle with:

    She fiddled with the sugar packet, avoiding his eyes.

    1. a.
      to touch, move, or change something many times in order to improve it or make it work better

      Kay was fiddling with the radio dial.

  2. 2
    [transitive] informal to produce false results or records, in order to get money or other benefits

    They all fiddle their taxes.

    fiddle the figures/books/accounts:

    They accuse the government of fiddling the unemployment figures.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] informal to play a tune on the violin

phrasal verbs