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 for fiddling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fiddle \Fid"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fiddled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Fiddling.]
     1. To play on a fiddle.
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              Themistocles . . . said he could not fiddle, but he
              could make a small town a great city. --Bacon.
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     2. To keep the hands and fingers actively moving as a fiddler
        does; to move the hands and fingers restlessy or in busy
        idleness; to trifle.
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              Talking, and fiddling with their hats and feathers.
                                                    --Pepys.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fiddling
      adj 1: (informal) small and of little importance; "a fiddling
             sum of money"; "a footling gesture"; "our worries are
             lilliputian compared with those of countries that are at
             war"; "a little (or small) matter"; "a dispute over
             niggling details"; "limited to petty enterprises";
             "piffling efforts"; "giving a police officer a free meal
             may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune
             infraction" [syn: fiddling, footling, lilliputian,
             little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty,
             picayune, trivial]

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