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Fiddle About (To)

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To fiddle about a thing means to “play” business. To fiddle with one’s fingers is to move them about as a fiddler moves his fingers up and down the fiddle-strings.

“Mere trifling, or unprofitable fidding about nothing.”—Barrow: Sermons, vol. i. sermon 7.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Fi or Fie!
Fi. Fa
Fiacre
Fian (John)
Fiars
Fiasco
Fiat
Fib
Fico
Fiddle (Latin, fidis or fides)
Fiddle About (To)
Fiddle-de-dee!
Fiddle-faddle
Fiddleback
Fiddler
Fiddler’s Fare or Fiddler’s Pay
Fiddler’s Green
Fiddler’s Money
Fiddler’s News
Fiddlestick
Fiddlesticks!