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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

fiddle while Rome burns

To take little to no productive action during a crisis. The phrase refers to the legend of the Roman Emperor Nero playing the lyre as Rome burned down. Organizing these files is like fiddling while Rome burns—the boss won't care what they look like when he finds out we lost that big client! Climate change is upon us, and our leaders just fiddle while Rome burns.
See also: burn, fiddle, Rome, while

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.
See also: fiddle

fiddle something away

to waste something. She fiddled the afternoon away. Don't fiddle away the afternoon. Get to work.
See also: away, fiddle

fiddle while Rome burns

Fig. to do nothing or something trivial while knowing that something disastrous is happening. (From a legend that the Roman emperor Nero played the lyre while Rome was burning.) The lobbyists don't seem to be doing anything to stop this tax bill. They're fiddling while Rome burns.
See also: burn, fiddle, Rome, while

fiddle while Rome burns

Occupy oneself with unimportant matters and neglect important ones during a crisis. For example, The account was falling through, but he was more worried about missing his golf game-talk about fiddling while Rome burns! This expression alludes to the legend that the Emperor Nero played his fiddle while watching the conflagration of Rome. [Mid-1600s]
See also: burn, fiddle, Rome, while

fiddle while Rome burns

If someone fiddles while Rome burns, they do nothing or spend their time on unimportant things when they have very serious issues or problems to deal with. The Australian community understands the seriousness of the situation. It is the Federal Government that has been fiddling while Rome burns. Note: This expression is very variable. For example, people sometimes replace `Rome' with a different place name or other noun so that this expression is more relevant to the subject they are talking about. People talk about educational reform but while the politicians fiddle, Los Angeles and Chicago are burning and these kids' educational opportunities are going down in flames as well. Note: There is a story that the Emperor Nero set fire to Rome, and then played his lyre and sang as he watched the flames. Afterwards he denied this and blamed the Christians for the destruction.
See also: burn, fiddle, Rome, while

fiddle while Rome burns

be concerned with relatively trivial matters while ignoring the serious or disastrous events going on around you.
This phrase comes from the Roman biographer and historian Suetonius' description of the behaviour of the Roman emperor Nero during the great fire that destroyed much of Rome in ad 64.
See also: burn, fiddle, Rome, while

ˌfiddle while Rome ˈburns

(saying) do nothing or waste your time when you should be dealing with a dangerous or serious situation: With the world’s population growing fast and millions getting hungrier every day, the leaders of the rich nations just seem to be fiddling while Rome burns.This phrase refers to the Roman emperor Nero, who fiddled (= played the violin) during the burning of Rome in AD 64.
See also: burn, fiddle, Rome, while

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
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Metis fiddling is characterized by irregular and unpredictable phrasing; a player might repeat a section several times before moving on, or in some cases may play only the first section repeated several times.
Yazoo said: "The same stance should stand for the corrupt politicians who are fiddling the British taxpayers year after year out of billions.
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Even wilder structural divergence from the 32-bar norm of Scottish and mainstream 'down east' fiddling is common in the music of the Metis of western Canada, the mixed-race descendants of trappers, fur-traders, and native inhabitants.
That is a pretty rare occurrence, even in the fiddling world.
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She admitted fiddling pounds 70 a week and got a two years community and rehabilitation order at Kingston crown court.
averting one's gaze from what follows it so doggedly: fiddle's dark shadow, faddle--not a past tense of the verb we have been fiddling with but rather a residue of all that business of strings-- strings bowed and tickled and pinched and plucked-- all that fiddling to which Nero's Rome burned, they said, and to which the high walls of Amphion's Troy rose as its stones took wing, settling down into where they belonged-- the faddle of life's rhythms of decay and reconstruction, once the fiddle's flying and sighing intonations have shaped all that faddle in its final form.
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Krauss never acted like the star, but that didn't hide her considerable vocal or fiddling talents.
In his introductory essay, Feintuch provides an overview of Cape Breton fiddling and its social contexts, with a thumbnail history of the Island, its inhabitants, and music.