Meaning of “fiddle (around) with sth” in the English Dictionary

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"fiddle (around) with sth" in British English

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fiddle (around) with sth

disapproving UK also fiddle (about) with sth
phrasal verb with fiddle uk /ˈfɪd.əl/ us /ˈfɪd.əl/ verb

to make small changes to something to try to make it work:

Stop fiddling about with your hair - it looks fine.
Someone's been fiddling around with my computer!

to touch or move things with your fingers because you are nervous or bored:

He was just fiddling around with the things on his desk.

(Definition of “fiddle (around) with sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)