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fiddle away

To squander something, usually time. You'll have to stay up all night finishing this report because you fiddled away so much time this afternoon.
See also: away, fiddle
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fiddle something away

to waste something. She fiddled the afternoon away. Don't fiddle away the afternoon. Get to work.
See also: away, fiddle
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fiddle away

v.
To waste or squander some period of time: I fiddled away the afternoon surfing the Internet. The lazy student fiddled the night away instead of doing homework.
See also: away, fiddle
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I'll fiddle away with him in a couple of hurdle races before going chasing with him next year."
Like me, you're far too busy in the real world watching our young talent being drained away from the area, as an orchestra of Neros fiddle away harmoniously in Cardiff, to worry about "procurement rules".
He's a nice horse, who had schooled well at home, and we'll just fiddle away with him and see how we go."
But he was never able to fiddle away - a couple of times he had to reach for a fence or two and was very long at the ditch after Valentines.'