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fuddle-duddle

[ fuhd-l-duhd-l ]
/ ˈfʌd lˈdʌd l /
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verb (used without object), fud·dle-dud·dled, fud·dle-dud·dling.Canadian.
to depart; be off.
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Origin of fuddle-duddle

First recorded in 1970–75; used by Pierre Trudeau in his defense against accusations of muttering obscenities in Parliament by claiming that he had actually muttered a harmless phrase that possibly was fuddle-duddle; apparently extension of fuddle, after fuddy-duddy, though sense is unaccounted for

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