fiddle around Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"fiddle around" in British English

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fiddle around

disapproving (UK also fiddle about)
phrasal verb with fiddle uk   us   /ˈfɪd.l̩/ verb
to ​spendtime doing ​small things that are not ​important or ​necessary: I was just ​fiddling around in the ​kitchen.
(Definition of fiddle around from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fiddle around

phrasal verb with fiddle  us   /ˈfɪd·əl/ verb [I always + adv/prep]
to take ​part in ​activity that doesn't ​achieve anything, esp. when this ​annoys someone: The ​legislature has fiddled around while ​ourschools are ​fallingapart. I ​wish they’d ​quit fiddling around with the ​taxlaw (= ​changing it without ​improving it).
(Definition of fiddle around from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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