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fiddle

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈfɪdl/ informal
something dishonest that is done in order to get money: tax/expenses/insurance fiddle A year later, he changed the rule, on the grounds that it was being used as a tax fiddle.
on the fiddle involved in dishonest behaviour, usually to get money: One in two holidaymakers claiming for lost luggage could be on the fiddle, claims a leading travel insurance firm.
play second fiddle to sb/sth to be seen as less important than another person or thing: There were times when security seemed to play second fiddle to how the security company wanted to present itself to the world.
(Definition of fiddle noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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