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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Definitions for fiddlestick

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

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Citations for fiddlestick
…yet I scarcely hope to be believed that I state, however solemnly, that my poor father put me, when I was about fifteen years of age, into the counting-house of what he termed "a respectable hardware and commission merchant doing a capital bit of business!" A capital bit of fiddlestick! Edgar Allan Poe, "The Business Man," Burton's Gentleman's Magazine, February, 1840
"A fiddlestick about men of genius!" Warrington cried out, who was a very severe moralist upon some points, though possibly a very bad practitioner. William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Pendennis, 1850
Origin of fiddlestick
late Middle English
Fiddlestick stems from the late Middle English word fidillstyk, referring to the bow with which one plays a fiddle.