fiddle with something

fiddle with (something) 1. to be busy with something without a special purpose.

Don't fiddle with the remote control — you'll break it!

2. to try to fix or use something complicated.

The report says that computer users spend about one-third of their time fiddling with the operating system and organizing files.

Related vocabulary: mess with something, fuss with something

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • fiddle with something — …   Useful english dictionary

  • fiddle with — (something) 1. to be busy with something without a special purpose. Don t fiddle with the remote control you ll break it! 2. to try to fix or use something complicated. The report says that computer users spend about one third of their time… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fiddle with — verb manipulate, as in a nervous or unconscious manner He twiddled his thumbs while waiting for the interview • Syn: ↑twiddle • Derivationally related forms: ↑twiddler (for: ↑twiddle) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fiddle with — {v. phr.} To carelessly play with something. * /If Jimmy continues to fiddle with our computer, he is liable to ruin it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fiddle with — {v. phr.} To carelessly play with something. * /If Jimmy continues to fiddle with our computer, he is liable to ruin it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fiddle\ with — v. phr. To carelessly play with something. If Jimmy continues to fiddle with our computer, he is liable to ruin it …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fiddle (with) — v Try to do something to. Who s been fiddling with the TV? The picture is all red. 1660s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • fiddle about with something — …   Useful english dictionary

  • fiddle around with something — …   Useful english dictionary

  • mess with (something) — 1. to take apart or fix something complicated esp. in order to learn more about how it works. I enjoy messing with computers the way some folks get pleasure from rebuilding old cars. 2. to change something in a way that is likely to cause harm.… …   New idioms dictionary

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