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American English: /ˈfɪdl/
British English: /ˈfɪd(ə)l/

Translation of fiddle in Spanish:


  • 1 (violin) as fit as a fiddle
    rebosante de salud
    he's 78 and still as fit as a fiddle
    tiene 78 años y sigue rebosante de salud
    to play second fiddle
    desempeñar un papel secundario
    she grew up playing second fiddle to her sister
    creció a la sombra de or eclipsada por su hermana
  • 2 (cheat) (British) [colloquial] a tax fiddle
    una evasión fiscal
    un chanchullo con los impuestos [colloquial]
    they've worked a fiddle on their expenses
    han amañado los gastos [colloquial]
    she's on the fiddle
    está metida en un chanchullo [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • It has been alleged that the scam centres around cash fiddles at the large store, which is in Ocotal Way.
    • As Mars and others have documented, this point would seem to apply to a wide range of occupational scams and fiddles, ranging from the top-floor board room to the basement boiler room.
    • Crikey readers have contributed a lot of stories on circulation rorts, fiddles and the like over the past week or so, but here's another tale, a bit historical, which would be hysterical if it wasn't serious.
  • 3 (tricky operation) it's a fiddle to get this in
    meter esto tiene sus vueltas or su intríngulis
    meter esto tiene su chiste (Mexico)

transitive verb

  • 1 (falsify)
    (British) [colloquial]
    hacer chanchullos con [colloquial]
    amañar [colloquial]
    can you fiddle it so that it goes on expenses?
    ¿puedes arreglar las cosas para que figure como gastos de representación?
    Example sentences
    • After being told that there is not enough local criminal activity to justify their station's existence, three incompetent policemen decide to start manufacturing crimes to fiddle the figures.
    • There is no question of fiddling the figures here.
    • In spite of the messages of genuine support - from all areas of the local medical fraternity in particular - the fact remains that the figures were fiddled.
    Example sentences
    • Britten's setting is mimetic and operatic, the piano part consisting of a stylisation of the boy's fiddling, notated on one stave only.
    • It's time to retrace your steps to the Temple Bar: the pubs will soon be opening, the black vials of Guinness swilling over the bar and the fiddlers beginning to fiddle…
    • This one-woman band fiddled and jigged from Dent to Barrow to Bradford during her recent winter tour, bringing a smile to the faces of shoppers across the North.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (fidget) don't fiddle!
    ¡deja eso!
    to fiddle with somethingstop fiddling with the typewriter!
    deja de jugar con or de toquetear la máquina de escribir
    he fiddled nervously with his tie
    jugueteaba nerviosamente con la corbata
    Example sentences
    • Jack fidgeted restlessly, fiddling with the chocolate bar in his hand.
    • Clancy nervously fiddled with his jacket zipper.
    • She nervously fiddled with the ties on her shirt.
  • 2 (cheat) (British) [colloquial]
    hacer chanchullos [colloquial]

Phrasal verbs

fiddle around

(British) fiddle about verb + adverb
1 (touch)to fiddle around with something
(with pencil/ruler)
juguetear con algo
I don't want you fiddling around with my things
no quiero que andes toqueteando mis cosas [colloquial]
2 (do little jobs)
hacer un poco de esto y un poco de aquello
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