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fiddlesticks

[fid-l-stiks]
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interjection
  1. (used to express impatience, dismissal, etc.)
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fiddlestick

[fid-l-stik]
noun
  1. anything; a bit: I don't care a fiddlestick for what they say.
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Origin of fiddlestick

First recorded in 1400–50, fiddlestick is from the late Middle English word fidillstyk. See fiddle, stick1
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Examples from the Web for fiddlesticks

Historical Examples

  • Simply to say you're going to make your fortune is all fiddlesticks and folly.

    Our Home in the Silver West

    Gordon Stables

  • "Fiddlesticks, Alec," was his polite remark to his brother when he asked him not to get up.

    In Quest of Gold

    Alfred St. Johnston

  • "Thought-transference, Fiddlesticks," we may hear him cry, in imagination.

    Dynamic Thought

    William Walker Atkinson

  • When we urged the obvious facts he would say: "Fiddlesticks!"

    Herland

    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

  • You're worrying your brain into fiddlesticks—fiddlestrings I mean, of course.


British Dictionary definitions for fiddlesticks

fiddlestick

noun
  1. informal a violin bow
  2. any meaningless or inconsequential thing; trifle
  3. fiddlesticks! an expression of annoyance or disagreement
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Word Origin and History for fiddlesticks

fiddlestick

n.

usually fiddlesticks; 15c., originally "the bow of a fiddle," from fiddle (n.) and stick (n.). Meaning "nonsense" is from 1620s.

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