verb (used without object), fid·dled, fid·dling.
verb (used with object), fid·dled, fid·dling.
- to falsify: to fiddle the account books.
- to cheat: to fiddle the company out of expense money.
- fid. def.,
- fiddle back,
- fiddle bow,
- fiddle pattern,
- fiddle while rome burns,
Origin of fiddle
Examples from the Web for fiddle
On Wall Street, Bank of America plays a perpetual second fiddle to JPMorgan Chase Co., the only U.S. bank that holds more assets.Megabanks Have The Federal Prison System Locked Up|Center for Public Integrity|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"He looked at it and he started to fiddle with the cable," Mrs. Perez told The Telegraph.
Willie Polk played the fiddle and another boy, call him Shoefus, played the guitar, like I did.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis|Stanley Booth|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There the lingua franca is Cajun French, and folks love to fiddle, dance and most of all, eat.
When bourbon went corporate, tradition and quality had begun to play second fiddle to the primacy of profit.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon|Dane Huckelbridge|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I am fit as a fiddle now, ready to take on any matches that may be arranged for me.The Meadow-Brook Girls on the Tennis Courts|Janet Aldridge
Wouldn't Monsey sing summat and fiddle to it too; aye, that he would, Mattha knew reet weel.The Shadow of a Crime|Hall Caine
Larry was in the height of his glory, just getting out his fiddle to give them a tune in honour of our return.Paddy Finn|W. H. G. Kingston
Still more liquor, and Jemmy Balladhoo comes forth with his fiddle.She's All the World to Me|Hall Caine
And here came Little Freddy, carrying his fiddle and his gun.East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon|Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen
Word Origin for fiddle
late 14c., fedele, earlier fithele, from Old English fiðele, which is related to Old Norse fiðla, Middle Dutch vedele, Dutch vedel, Old High German fidula, German Fiedel; all of uncertain origin.
Perhaps from Medieval Latin vitula "stringed instrument," which is perhaps related to Latin vitularia "celebrate joyfully," from Vitula, Roman goddess of joy and victory, who probably, like her name, originated among the Sabines [Klein, Barnhart]. Unless the Medieval Latin word is from the Germanic ones.
Fiddle has been relegated to colloquial usage by its more proper cousin, violin, a process encouraged by phraseology such as fiddlesticks, contemptuous nonsense word fiddlededee (1784), and fiddle-faddle. Fit as a fiddle is from 1610s.
late 14c., from fiddle (n.); the figurative sense of "to act nervously or idly" is from 1520s. Related: Fiddled; fiddling.
In addition to the idiom beginning with fiddle
- fiddle while Rome burns
- fit as a fiddle
- hang up (one's fiddle)
- play second fiddle