fiddle with

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, in order to provide better reception or signal.

As technology got better, hed go back and fiddle with them, convinced he could clean them up enough for release.


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  • 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… …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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 — {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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