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fid ling

  • v  avoid (one's assigned duties)
  • v  commit fraud and steal from one's employer
    We found out that she had been fiddling for years
  • v  play the violin or fiddle
  • v  play on a violin
  • v  manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
  • v  play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly
  • v  try to fix or mend
  • s  (informal) small and of little importance
    a fiddling sum of money

  • Instead of fiddling with the ratings, says PTI TV writer James Poniewozik, the Peacock Network needs to wise up before the Athens Olympics How NBC Stole the Olympic Spirit.
  • But she never employed a key tool the big 3-D molecular models that Watson and Crick were fiddling with at Cambridge.
  • After 90 minutes of fiddling, an ordinary hacksaw was used to free the bolt.
News & Articles

  • 'I just heard screaming:' Boy, 4, critically injured after TV falls on him
    A 4-year-old boy was in critical condition Friday, the morning after a 36-inch screen TV set fell on him as his father was fiddling with the cables.
    June 14, 2013 - KATU Portland
  • The Feds’ ‘Ultimate Solution’ to Curb Distracted Driving
    NOVI, Michigan — Distracted driving kills more than 3,000 people each year in the United States, a figure that represents about 10 percent of all traffic fatalities. How many of those people die because they were fiddling with their phones ...        
    June 14, 2013 - Wired News
  • Young People Don't Want to Read Your Boring, Age-Appropriate Books
    Millennials these days are so busy fiddling with their technological gadgets and maintaining their #personalbrands, they have basically forgotten how to read like grown-ups. The youth of today are eschewing realism and historical fiction in favor of fantasy, horror, and sci-fi novels. As part of NPR's month-long look at the media consumed by today's youth, they examine what these modern reading ...
    June 12, 2013 - Gawker

  • David Tennant in
    The Doctor finds himself in a situation where he knows what the end is. It's all about whether he can un-knit the inevitable,Tennant said. "With this particular Time Lord's life coming to an end, if he starts fiddling with the fundamentals...
  • David Blanchflower in
    Blanchflower, who was the sole dissenter calling for another interest rate cut this month while his colleagues voted to leave rates steady at 5.5%, said: "Worrying about inflation at this time seems like fiddling while Rome burns."
  • Christine Milne in Melbourne Herald Sun
    Prime Minister Rudd was elected on the promise that he would be a policy boffin,Senator Milne said. "Instead of that, he's fallen at the first hurdle. He has jumped in with Brendan Nelson in a populist, fiddling at the edges, on fuel...

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