fiddle around

fiddle around
phrasal verb fiddle around or fiddle about [intransitive]
Word forms "fiddle around":
present tense I/you/we/they fiddle around he/she/it fiddles around present participle fiddling around past tense fiddled around past participle fiddled around
1) British
fiddle around with same as fiddle I, 1)

He's been fiddling around with the VCR again.

2) British to waste time doing things that are not important or useful

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

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  • fiddle — 1 noun (C) informal 1 BrE a dishonest way of getting money: a tax fiddle | be on the fiddle (=be getting money dishonestly or illegally): They suspected he was on the fiddle all along. 2 a violin 3 be a fiddle to be difficult to do and involve… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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