on the fiddle


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on the fiddle

Engaged in deceitful, fraudulent, or dishonest means of obtaining money. My career will be over if anyone ever finds out I was on the fiddle during my time as the company treasurer. There are always politicians on the fiddle, looking for ways to use their positions of power to earn a bit more money.
See also: fiddle, on

on the fiddle

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone is on the fiddle, they get money by doing illegal or dishonest things. `If he's not on the fiddle, he's the only builder I know that isn't,' I said. So many politicians were found to be on the fiddle.
See also: fiddle, on