fiddle with (something)

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fiddle with (something)

To play or tinker with something. Hey, don't fiddle with the thermostat—it needs to stay at 68 degrees. Grandpa's still fiddling with that old radio, but I doubt he'll get it to work again.
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fiddle with someone or something

to tinker or play with someone or something. Please don't fiddle with the stereo controls. Leave your brother alone. Don't fiddle with him. He's cranky.
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fiddle with

1. To make unskilled or experimental efforts at repairing or improving something: I fiddled with the broken toaster, but I couldn't fix it.
2. To manipulate something without a clear sense of purpose: Stop fiddling with the remote or you'll break it.
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Proving the old adage that the family that plays together stays together, the Woods family derives the most joy simply by being on stage and synchronizing their fiddles with each other.
The empress fiddles with her dress - Outside, champagne apostles canter and enthuse.
Move closer: he works a red-hot wire to trace each line, which darkens, browns, and burns, of course (of course), as the empress fiddles with her dress.