Did Cronkite fiddle with his earpiece or get up and take a look at news as it came in from the wire services spontaneously?
Other times, the work she intended for Montag and Pratt played second fiddle to the creative demands of the production.
Willie Polk played the fiddle and another boy, call him Shoefus, played the guitar, like I did.
The promotion of democracy and human rights came in as a fifth fiddle.
And then she came up with the idea of asking him to fiddle with his collection of detritus.
To play second fiddle to a young woman is an abomination to us all.
Why, inside two weeks he'll be fit as a fiddle, and inside a month he'll be his own self!
The fiddle all but spoke, and produced a sensation of dancing in the toes of even those who happened to be seated.
For he had been painfully conscious now and then that he played but second fiddle.
Supposing that a fiddle was left behind, or a drum, or a rattle, why should the trivial fact be gravely recorded?
late 14c., fedele, earlier fithele, from Old English fiðele, which is related to Old Norse fiðla, Middle Dutch vedele, Dutch vedel, Old High German fidula, German Fiedel; all of uncertain origin.
Perhaps from Medieval Latin vitula "stringed instrument," which is perhaps related to Latin vitularia "celebrate joyfully," from Vitula, Roman goddess of joy and victory, who probably, like her name, originated among the Sabines [Klein, Barnhart]. Unless the Medieval Latin word is from the Germanic ones.
Fiddle has been relegated to colloquial usage by its more proper cousin, violin, a process encouraged by phraseology such as fiddlesticks, contemptuous nonsense word fiddlededee (1784), and fiddle-faddle. Fit as a fiddle is from 1610s.
late 14c., from fiddle (n.); the figurative sense of "to act nervously or idly" is from 1520s. Related: Fiddled; fiddling.