fidget

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fidget about

To compulsively move around in a nervous or restless manner. Mary, stop fidgeting about like that and sit still! My mother always fidgets about the house when we have company.
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fidget spinner

A small propeller-shaped toy designed to be spun atop one's fingertip. Ostensibly a device to help people with attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder increase their focus, the fidget spinner became popular with schoolchildren and those who use it to try to ease anxiety or restlessness. Ever since I got my son a fidget spinner, he's had an easier time paying attention in class, but the school is considering banning them as a distraction.
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fidget around

To compulsively move around in a nervous or restless manner. Mary, stop fidgeting around like that and sit still! My mother always fidgets around the house when we have company.
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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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fidget around

to wiggle and twitch nervously. The child sat there, fidgeting around for over ten minutes. Please don't fidget around so.
See also: around, fidget

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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In fact, those who fidgeted the most got the most sums right.
So they fidgeted. (45) While this passage specifically describes the rapt attention before a show, it also exhibits a general anxiety the characters have about being wrapped up in each other so that they lose individuality without truly being collective.
"So they fidgeted," she writes, as if the movement is their partial answer to an impossible paradox--"We're too close; but not close enough." In fact, fidgeting here is the sort of Woolfian utterance that, as Mark Hussey reminds us, "makes itself heard in between people, in the gaps and interruptions of their dialogue" (143).
Isa fidgeted; glancing to right and to left over her shoulder.
Roderick Murray laughed, fidgeted and clapped as a smuggling gang was sentenced.
The ones who gained the least weight had the highest level of NEAT--Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis--a very fancy way of saying they squirmed, Wiggled, tapped, and fidgeted, and in doing so burned up a bunch of calories.
Another major difference: Babies who got the grape juice soon settled down and slept, whereas those who got pear juice fussed and fidgeted continuously, Cole says, suggesting some minor discomfort.
Researchers at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock studied 30 females age 13 to 20 who were slated to undergo a colposcopy and found that those allowed to watch MTV during the exam fidgeted less and needed less reassurance than those with no form of entertainment.