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also tar·a·did·dle  (tăr′ə-dĭd′l)
1. A petty falsehood; a fib.
2. Silly pretentious speech or writing; twaddle.

[Origin unknown.]


1. a trifling lie
2. nonsense; twaddle
[of unknown origin]


 of ducks: team of ducks.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tarradiddle - a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
lie, prevarication - a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
cock-and-bull story, fairy story, fairy tale, fairytale, song and dance - an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
2.tarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writingtarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writing
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
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There are a number of problems with this tarradiddle.
If you don't care that a man can be secretly jailed, if it doesn't upset you that a loving father can be gagged and handcuffed to a bed, think instead what it has cost the taxpayer to process this 10-year tarradiddle of nonsense.
There'll probably be an inquiry into just who was responsible, the culprit will get a pounds 500,000 golden handshake and the whole crazy tarradiddle will start again.