fiddle away
transitive verb Date: 1667 to fritter away <
fiddling away the time
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fiddle away — (something) to waste time doing nothing in particular. Billy fiddles away hours on end arranging his model cars …   New idioms dictionary

  • fiddle away — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To pass (time) without working or in avoiding work: dawdle (away), idle (away), kill1, trifle away, waste, while (away), wile (away). See INDUSTRIOUS. II verb See fiddle …   English dictionary for students

  • fiddle away — transitive verb : to waste or fritter away he fiddled away his time and strength …   Useful english dictionary

  • fiddle away something — fiddle away (something) to waste time doing nothing in particular. Billy fiddles away hours on end arranging his model cars …   New idioms 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 About — Chanson par The Who extrait de l’album Tommy Pays  Angleterre Sortie 23 mai …   Wikipédia en Français

  • fiddle — /fid l/, n., v., fiddled, fiddling. n. 1. a musical instrument of the viol family. 2. violin: Her aunt plays first fiddle with the state symphony orchestra. 3. Naut. a small ledge or barrier raised in heavy weather to keep dishes, pots, utensils …   Universalium

  • fiddle — [c]/ˈfɪdl / (say fidl) verb (fiddled, fiddling) –verb (i) 1. to make aimless movements, as with the hands. 2. to play on the fiddle. 3. to trifle. 4. Colloquial to profit or gain by surreptitious crookedness. –verb (t) 5. to play (a tune) on a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • fiddle — fid•dle [[t]ˈfɪd l[/t]] n. v. dled, dling 1) mad a musical instrument of the viol family 2) mad violin 3) naut. a barrier to keep dishes, pots, utensils, etc., from sliding off a ship s table 4) brit. inf inf a swindle; fraud 5) mad to play the… …   From formal English to slang

  • fiddle — I. n. Violin. II. v. n. 1. Play on a fiddle. 2. Trifle, dawdle, lose, time, waste time, idle away time, fritter away time, fool away time …   New dictionary of synonyms

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