fidget with

fidget with (something)

To compulsively fiddle with something in a nervous or restless manner. Mary, stop fidgeting with your necklace like that and sit still!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fidget with something

to play with something nervously. Please don't fidget with your zipper. Carl is always fidgeting with his left ear.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Travel Sensory Kit contains a blue Chew-A-Roo Round Chew Pendant for chewing; a Chew-A-Roo Chew Straw 3-Pack for chewing during mealtime; a Gidget Widget to fidget with; a Spinning Light Globe for dark play; a Flashing Orbit Ball for visual tracking and dark play; a Textured Tangle Jr to twist and pull; an Easy Grip Egg Shaker to get hands and ears going; a Wikki Stix Rainbow Pack for creative fine-motor play; a blue Fluxy Oral Motor Tool for chewing; a Small Tin of Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty to squeeze, twist, and pull; a Mini Water Wiggle for squishy tactile fun; and a Red Oggi Jr for fidgeting and sticking to windows.
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Schoolboy Daniel Thornley, 14, an Australian expat who has lived in Bahrain since he was four, said: "I use it in class so that I don't have to fidget with my pens and pencils.