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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
1400-1450
Fiddlestick stems from the late Middle English word fidillstyk, referring to the bow with which one plays a fiddle.