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Fiddle-faddle

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It is all fiddle-faddle. Rubbishy nonsense; talk not worth attention. A ricochet word, of which we have a vast number, as “flim-flam,” “helter-skelter,” “wishy-washy,” etc. To fiddle is to waste time in playing on the fiddle, and hence fiddle means a trifle, and fiddle-faddle is silly trifle or silly nonsense.

“Pitiful fool that I was to stand fiddle-faddling in that way.”


Clough: Amours de Voyage, canto iv. stanza 3.

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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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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!
Fidele
Fidelio