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