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1. To play with or idly handle (something); to tinker (with something), especially ineptly or improperly. John, would you quit fiddling about with the engine and bring the car to a shop already? Mary, stop fiddling about with the hem of your dress and sit still!
2. To engage in aimless recreation or frivolous time-wasting. Quit fiddling about and work on your book report already! Tom spends most of his spare time fiddling about in the workshop downstairs.
See also: fiddle
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