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intr.v. fid·dle-fad·dled, fid·dle-fad·dling, fid·dle-fad·dles
To fritter away one's time; dally.
[ Reduplication of fiddle.]
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trivial matter; nonsense
(intr) to fuss or waste time, esp over trivial matters
[C16: reduplication of fiddle]
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fid•dle-fad•dle(ˈfɪd lˌfæd l)
n., v. -dled, -dling. n.
2. something trivial.v.i.
3. to fuss with trifles.(often used as an interjection).
[1570–80; gradational compound based on fiddle]
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Past participle: fiddle-faddled
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interj (dated, = nonsense) → Quatsch (inf)
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