(To). To fiddle about a thing means to “play” business. To
fiddle with one's fingers is to move them about as a fiddler moves his
fingers up and down the fiddle-strings.
“Mere trifling, or unprofitable fiddling about nothing.” —Barrow: Sermons, vol.i. sermon 7.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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