fiddle with

verb
manipulate, as in a nervous or unconscious manner
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He twiddled his thumbs while waiting for the interview

Syn: ↑twiddle
Derivationally related forms: ↑twiddler (for: ↑twiddle)
Hypernyms: ↑manipulate
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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fiddle with [phrasal verb]
fiddle with (something)
1 : to move or handle (something) with your hands or fingers in a nervous way

She was nervously fiddling with her pen as she waited for the test to start.

2 : to change or handle (something, such as the controls of a machine) in a way that shows you are not sure what to do

He was fiddling [=tinkering] with the controls of the television, trying to get it to work.

3 : to change (something) in a harmful or foolish way

It became clear that someone had fiddled [=tampered] with the equipment.

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Main Entry:fiddle

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

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  • fiddle with something — fiddle with (something) 1. to be busy with something without a special purpose. Don t fiddle with the remote control you ll break it! 2. to try to fix or use something complicated. The report says that computer users spend about one third of… …   New idioms dictionary

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