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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.
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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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It reminded me of the Titanic in its last hours with the band fiddling away and the water rising, and that memory was a welcome distraction.
The coach was caught fiddling away inside his nostril as Ronaldo approached and didn't even bother to wipe his hand before shaking, News.com.au reported.
Meanwhile, the EU does a fair impression of a meddling Nero fiddling away while the European economy burns.
While an animated Katy, 28, (wearing a skin-tight leopard print mini dress for a sporting event, obviously) got stuck into a couple of beers with her dad, poor old Russell, 37, looked like he was sat on his own and spent much on the match fiddling away on his phone.
So there you are, out for the evening, sitting across from your beloved, and even as he is gazing deep into your eyes, his hands are madly fiddling away under the table.
I had another monkey on Harrington, laid a bit of Allenby, had a few hundred on Ian Poulter, had a bit more on Furyk, and was fiddling away like a professional fiddler, desperately trying to avert disaster.
It's impossible for young people to get homes, this Labour-Plaid cabal fiddling away merrily as they ignore the explosion in house prices that makes the market the preserve of outsiders.
The answer fromthe bloke fiddling away behind the counter was the equivalent of: Computer says "No".
Rickety-looking stairs rise to a catwalk whose gates, flopping open carelessly, make one nervous for Vigoda up there singing, acting and fiddling away.
They were fiddling away but talking to me all the time.
It will be a veritable feast of traditional 19th century holiday foods, fiddling away with Christmas carols and lively dance music, and lots of fun."
Occasionally, there would be a wee folk music session fiddling away by the fire, but most of the time nothing happened.
It could have been worse, I suppose - at least we haven't seen the pics of him fiddling away while dressed as Captain Hook.