Morris is notorious for fiddling his survey data, but in 2012 that became a cottage industry on the Republican side.
Liberals have been fiddling with medieval history, Santorum alleged at an appearance in Spartanburg, S.C., in February 2011.
Yorke and Godrich know how to make all this fiddling about sound pretty good, even if just as background music.
All this fiddling is occurring while Rome burns—and our recovery hangs in the balance.
She took the driver's side, and he sat on the passenger side, fiddling with the seat controls to push it all the way back.
He was fiddling while Rome was—waiting for the burning it needed so badly.
The fiddling, dancing and "jubilee beating," was going on in all directions.
The Editor had sat down again, and he was fiddling with a blue pencil.
So we sat, dry, upon the stools, listening to the Dagoes fiddling on deck.
It was a long time, too, before I began to feel how much better his fiddling was than any I had ever heard.
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.