• violin; raised edge which prevents objects from falling off flat surfaces (on a ship); swindle, deception, fraud (british slang)
• play the violin; engage in; mess around; idle, fidget; cheat, swindle (british slang)
• if you fiddle with something, you keep moving it or touching it with your fingers.
• when people fiddle documents that concern money, they alter them dishonestly in order to get money for themselves; an informal use.
• a fiddle is a dishonest action or scheme to get money; an informal use.
• a fiddle is also a violin; an informal use.
• if you play second fiddle to someone, your position is less important than theirs in something that you are doing together.
• see also fiddling.
• if you fiddle around or fiddle about with something, you keep moving it or touching it with your fingers.
• be lazy, lounge around, loiter about
fiddle while rome burns
• handle issues that are not really important and neglect important ones during a crisis
• play with restlessly, fidget
face as long as a fiddle
• very sad countenance, sorrowful face
fit as a fiddle
• in good shape, in good condition, fit, healthy, sturdy
had a face as long as a fiddle
• had a long face, looked very sorrowful
play first fiddle
• be the most important, be the most significant
play second fiddle
• fill a secondary role, do a job of minor importance
• accompaniment, secondary musical instrument; intermediary, minor, marginal, junior, vice