As she fiddled with her key in the lock, the Killer opened the door from within.
Scripts were scotch-taped to the reverse side of the curtains; jokes were fiddled with or created on the spot.
He fiddled on the table with two smartphones and the keys to his Jeep when asked if he had lost friends in Qusayr.
At least when Nero fiddled, Romans got to hear music over the flames.
He fiddled with a baseball once signed by a great Birmingham Barons team of the past.
Liza felt very uncomfortable, and fiddled about with her apron, wondering how she should get away.
He would have fiddled the children of Hamelin away from the Pied Piper.
When Peddle woke him, he lay drowsily while the old butler filled his bath and fiddled about with drawers.
And he fiddled so fast that the other fiddlers kept complaining.
Dane picked up a linen map, looked at it, fiddled with the corner.
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.
Illegally altered; cooked: how a Park Avenue corporation based on fiddled data might have no more financial stature than an Orchard Street pushcart (1604+)