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English definition of “diddle”

diddle

verb uk   /ˈdɪd.l̩/ us  

diddle verb (TRICK)

[T] informal to get money from someone in a way that is not honest: He diddled me! He said that there were six in a bag, but there were only five. I checked the bill and realized the restaurant had diddled me out of £5.

diddle verb (PLAY)

[I or T] US to work with something in a way that is not serious, or to play with something: He diddled with the washing machine, but it still wouldn't work. I'm not much of a musician, I just like to diddle around.
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