fiddle around


fiddle around
tinker, do something in an unplanned way

I tried fiddling around with the computer printer for awhile but it still won't work.


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  • fiddle around — phrasal verb fiddle around or fiddle about [intransitive] Word forms fiddle around : present tense I/you/we/they fiddle around he/she/it fiddles around present participle fiddling around past tense fiddled around past participle fiddled around 1) …   English dictionary

  • fiddle around — (in BRIT, also use fiddle about) 1) PHRASAL VERB If you fiddle around or fiddle about with a machine, you do things to it to try and make it work. [V P with n] Two of them got out to fiddle around with the engine. [Also V P] Syn: tinker 2)… …   English dictionary

  • fiddle around — See: FOOL AROUND(3) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fiddle around — See: FOOL AROUND(3) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fiddle\ around — See: fool around(3) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fiddle around — …   Useful english dictionary

  • fiddle around with something — …   Useful english dictionary

  • fiddle — [fid′ l] n. [ME fithele < OE < VL * vitula < L vitulari, to rejoice: vi (< IE * woi , wi , outcry > OE wi, Gr ia) + ? base of tollere, to raise, exalt] 1. Informal any stringed instrument played with a bow, esp. the violin ☆ 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • fiddle — fid|dle1 [ˈfıdl] n informal [Date: 1200 1300; : Medieval Latin; Origin: vitula instrument played at ceremonies ] 1.) a ↑violin 2.) BrE a dishonest way of getting money ▪ an insurance fiddle on the fiddle …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fiddle — 1 noun (C) informal 1 BrE a dishonest way of getting money: a tax fiddle | be on the fiddle (=be getting money dishonestly or illegally): They suspected he was on the fiddle all along. 2 a violin 3 be a fiddle to be difficult to do and involve… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English