"fiddling" in the verb sense
1. fiddle, shirk, shrink from, goldbrick
avoid (one's assigned duties
"The derelict soldier shirked his duties"
commit fraud and steal from one's employer
"We found out that she had been fiddling for years"
play the violin or fiddle
play on a violin
"Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"
5. toy, fiddle, diddle, play
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
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
try to fix or mend
"Can you tinker with the T.V. set
"fiddling" in the adjective sense
1. fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, trivial
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"
"giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction"
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