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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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The grasshopper fiddled away the summer months, while the ants toiled to ready their grain stores for winter.
He suits comparison to the evil Roman emperor Nero, who reputedly fiddled away while setting Rome on fire, hoping to rebuild it in splendour.
Vanessa Mae fiddled away her chance at being recognised properly as an Olympic skier.
"The spectacular jumps are great but they're for the wall, you want them to fiddle away, that's the thing that pleased Jason as even when he was wrong he fiddled away.
"The spectacular jumps are great, but they're for the wall, you want them to fiddle away, that's the thing that pleased Jason as even when he was wrong he fiddled away.
The dark-brown bruin had classic grizzled hair across its shoulder hump, but the animal was too wet to show much of these "silvertips." He appeared at 60 yards across a stream, and fiddled away from us with eyes peeled for fish.