fiddlestick

[fid-l-stik]
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noun

anything; a bit: I don't care a fiddlestick for what they say.

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 fiddlestick

Historical Examples of fiddlestick

  • It is Folker's long broadsword that the poet, with a grim kind of merriment, calls his fiddlestick.

  • Fiddlestick, and why did you not get this nonsense knocked out of your head when you were in the wars?

  • His ears are perpetually drilling with a fiddlestick, and endures pleasures with less patience than other men do their pains.'

    The Wits and Beaux of Society

    Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton

  • Truly the "fiddlestick" is a magic wand in more senses than one.

  • If you've all the tense strings you may take life for your fiddlestick.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James



British Dictionary definitions for fiddlestick

fiddlestick

noun

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