fiddle with

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 — 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 — verb a) To manipulate an object, especially in a nervous or restless manner. Fiddle with vertical VOLT/DIV knob until signal comes into view. b) To adjust the position, as of an electronic device …   Wiktionary

  • 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 — phr verb Fiddle with is used with these nouns as the object: ↑knob …   Collocations dictionary

  • 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 — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. tinker with, play with, twiddle; see adjust 3 , dabble , tinker …   English dictionary for students

  • 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 with — play with restlessly, fidget …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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… …   New idioms dictionary

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