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Meaning of “fiddle while Rome burns” in the English Dictionary

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fiddle while Rome burns

to ​enjoy yourself or ​continueworking as ​normal and not give any ​attention to something ​important and ​unpleasant that is ​happening that you should be taking ​action to ​prevent: Environmentalists ​claimedgovernments were ​fiddling while Rome ​burned.
(Definition of fiddle while Rome burns from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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