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fiddling


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fiddle  \Fid"dle\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fiddled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Fiddling}.] 
  1.  To  play  on  a  fiddle. 
 
  Themistocles  .  .  .  said  he  could  not  fiddle,  but  he 
  could  make  a  small  town  a  great  city.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  To  keep  the  hands  and  fingers  actively  moving  as  a  fiddler 
  does  to  move  the  hands  and  fingers  restlessy  or  in  busy 
  idleness;  to  trifle. 
 
  Talking,  and  fiddling  with  their  hats  and  feathers. 
  --Pepys. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fiddling 
  adj  :  (informal  terms)  small  and  of  little  importance;  "a  fiddling 
  sum  of  money";  "a  footling  gesture";  "our  worries  are 
  lilliputian  compared  with  those  of  countries  that  are 
  at  war";  "a  little  (or  small)  matter";  "a  dispute  over 
  niggling  details";  "limited  to  petty  enterprises"; 
  "piffling  efforts";  "giving  a  police  officer  a  free 
  meal  may  be  against  the  law,  but  it  seems  to  be  a 
  picayune  infraction"  [syn:  {footling},  {lilliputian},  {little}, 
  {niggling},  {piddling},  {piffling},  {petty},  {picayune}, 
  {trivial}] 




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