- n a trivial lie
- n pretentious or silly talk or writing
- George Dixon, for the umpteenth time, was telling some 4,000,000 readers a typical tarradiddle.
- Mencken, for example, is portrayed by Gene Kelly as a lip-curling, hat-tilting city-room slicker who talks the sort of typewritten tarradiddle that does less than justice to the .
- But most of the film is intolerable Technicolored tarradiddle, absolutely the worst movie ever directed by the illustrious John Ford (The Informer, Stagecoach).