fiddle around


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fiddle around

(with someone) and fiddle about (with someone) to tease, annoy, or play with someone; to waste someone's time. All right, stop fiddling around with me and tell me how much you will give me for my car. Now it's time for all of you to quit fiddling around and get to work. Tom, you have to stop spending your time fiddling about with your friends. It's time to get serious with your studies.
See also: around, fiddle

fiddle around (with something)

 and fiddle about (with something)
to play with something; to tinker with something ineptly. My brother is outside fiddling around with his car engine. He should stop fiddling around and go out and get a job.
See also: around, fiddle

fiddle around

v.
To act foolishly, playfully, or without a clear sense of purpose: If you don't stop fiddling around and start working, we'll never get home.
See also: around, fiddle
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Record your voice and then fiddle around with the pitch, tone, and speed to create some bizarre versions of your voice.
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While our political Neros fiddle around on the periphery with free bus passes, free prescriptions for millionaires and promises of free lap-top computers for millionaires' children, Rome burns merrily away from beneath our feet.
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These days you have to fiddle around with ports, wires and have a solid understanding of computer programming before anything works.
The driver appeared to fiddle around in his cab for a few minutes before the bomb exploded, ripping apart the station and killing 10 policemen who were in what was either a sleeping area or a recreation area within the station immediately on the other side of the wall from the truck.
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Before Adememi hit the stage, the youngsters were able to fiddle around with flutes, trumpets, cellos and trombones, among other instruments, at the ``musical instrument petting zoo.
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