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fiddle

verb uk   /ˈfɪd.l̩/ us  

fiddle verb (CHEAT)

[T] UK informal to act dishonestly in order to get something for yourself, or to change something dishonestly, especially to your advantage: She managed to fiddle a free trip to America. He had been fiddling the accounts/books/finances for years.

fiddle verb (MOVE ABOUT)

[I] to move things about or touch things with no particular purpose: Put your papers down and stop fiddling with them!

fiddle verb (INSTRUMENT)

[I] informal to play the violin

fiddle

noun uk   /ˈfɪd.l̩/ us  

fiddle noun (INSTRUMENT)

[C] informal a violin : to play the fiddle

fiddle noun (DIFFICULTY)

[S] UK informal something difficult to do, especially because the things involved are small or need careful use of the fingers: I find threading a needle a terrible fiddle. [+ to infinitive] It's a real fiddle to assemble because of all the small parts.

fiddle noun (DISHONEST BEHAVIOUR)

[C or U] UK informal something dishonest that someone does in order to get money or other advantages: a tax fiddle Everyone suspected they were on the fiddle (= cheating).
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