Pronunciation: (fid'l), [key]
—n., v., -dled, -dling.
1. a musical instrument of the viol family.
2. violin: Her aunt plays first fiddle with the state symphony orchestra.
3. Naut.a small ledge or barrier raised in heavy weather to keep dishes, pots, utensils, etc., from sliding off tables and stoves.
4. Brit. Informal.swindle; fraud.
5. fine as a fiddle, South Midland and Southern U.S.See fiddle (def. 6).
6. fit as a fiddle, in perfect health; very fit: The doctor told him he was fit as a fiddle. Also,as fit as a fiddle.
7. play second fiddle. See second fiddle.
1. to play on the fiddle.
2. to make trifling or fussing movements with the hands (often fol. by with): fiddling with his cuffs.
3. to touch or manipulate something, as to operate or adjust it; tinker (often fol. by with): You may have to fiddle with the antenna to get a clear picture on the TV.
4. to waste time; trifle; dally (often fol. by around): Stop fiddling around and get to work.
5. Brit. Informal.to cheat.
1. to play (a tune) on a fiddle.
2. to trifle or waste (usually used with away): to fiddle time away.
3. Bookbinding.to bind together (sections or leaves of a book) by threading a cord through holes cut lengthwise into the back.
4. Brit. Informal.
a. to falsify: to fiddle the account books.
b. to cheat: to fiddle the company out of expense money.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.