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Fiddler

Drunk as a fiddler. Fiddlers at wakes and fairs were allowed meat and drink to their heart's content, and seldom left a merry-making sober.

Oliver's Fiddler.
Sir Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704). So called because he, at one time, was playing a fiddle or viole with others in the house of John Hingston when Cromwell was one of the guests.

Fiddler
is a slang word for sixpence.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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