Fiddle away - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
fiddle something away
to waste something. She fiddled the afternoon away. Don't fiddle away the afternoon. Get to work.
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.
References in periodicals archive
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.