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taradiddle Line breaks: tara|did¦dle
Pronunciation: /ˈtarəˌdɪd(ə)l/
(also tarradiddle)

Definition of taradiddle in English:


informal , chiefly British
1A petty lie: no sane person would make up such a taradiddle
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  • Let us therefore avoid giving ear to a lot of taradiddles about our soldiers in the trenches.
  • "I dare say my nephew told you a good many taradiddles in his time."
  • A trip up the Thames from Southend-On-Sea to the Houses of Parliament provides him with many fine opportunities to indulge in his own idiosyncratic brand of taradiddles and horseplay.
1.1 [mass noun] Pretentious nonsense: this taradiddle from him about his new radio show
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  • Her tarradiddle was of a nature that is usually considered excusable - at least with grown-up people; but, nevertheless, she would have been nearer to perfection could she have confined herself to the truth.


Late 18th century: perhaps related to diddle.

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