Definition of fiddle while Rome burns in English:

fiddle while Rome burns

  • Be concerned with relatively trivial matters while ignoring the serious or disastrous events going on around one.
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    • To ignore the internal threat is to fiddle while Rome burns.
    • Concentrating on the minutiae of a single procedural issue, rather than on developing the fundamental aims of planning and on the effective delivery of these aims, is merely fiddling while Rome burns.
    • Environmentalists, no doubt, will accuse Americans of fiddling while Rome burns.
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