- 1. fiddle, shirk, shrink from, goldbrick, avoid
- usage: avoid (one's assigned duties); "The derelict soldier shirked his duties"
- 2. fiddle, embezzle, defalcate, peculate, misappropriate, malversate
- usage: commit fraud and steal from one's employer; "We found out that she had been fiddling for years"
- 3. fiddle, play
- usage: play the violin or fiddle
- 4. fiddle, play, spiel
- usage: play on a violin; "Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"
- 5. toy, fiddle, diddle, play, manipulate
- usage: manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; "She played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate"
- 6. tamper, fiddle, monkey, manipulate
- usage: play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly; "Someone tampered with the documents on my desk"; "The reporter fiddle with the facts"
- 7. tinker, fiddle, repair, mend, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch on
- usage: try to fix or mend; "Can you tinker with the T.V. set--it's not working right"; "She always fiddles with her van on the weekend"
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- 1. fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial, unimportant (vs. important)
- usage: (informal) 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"
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