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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: fiddle
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: 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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Two sources are listed in the next subsection, on "North American fiddling with strong ties to Africa."
The subsection on "North American fiddling with strong ties to Mexico and Latin America" is longer, but somewhat confused.
When asked if he believed Hinrichs meant to enter the stadium with the explosives, Mauldin replied, "I don't believe he intended for an explosion to occur at that spot [on the park bench]." "Someone saw him fiddling with it [the backpack] shortly before the explosion occurred," Mauldin continued.
However, if Hinrichs, a 21-year-old engineering student, was fiddling with the bomb, it may not have been out of cockiness.
You don't find women watching EastEnders fiddling with the waistband of their skirts to keep their hands busy do you?
This new book is one of the first that attempts to look at American fiddling with a broader perspective.