fiddle the books

To alter financial records in order to commit fraud, tax evasion or theft

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  • fiddle the books — ► to dishonestly change a company s accounts or financial records: »fiddled the books Main Entry: ↑fiddle …   Financial and business terms

  • fiddle — fid‧dle [ˈfɪdl] verb [transitive] informal to give false information about something in order to avoid paying money, or to get extra money: • It would be naive to think that staff never fiddle their expenses. • Auditors ensure that employers or… …   Financial and business terms

  • fiddle — fid|dle1 [ˈfıdl] n informal [Date: 1200 1300; : Medieval Latin; Origin: vitula instrument played at ceremonies ] 1.) a ↑violin 2.) BrE a dishonest way of getting money ▪ an insurance fiddle on the fiddle …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fiddle — 1 noun (C) informal 1 BrE a dishonest way of getting money: a tax fiddle | be on the fiddle (=be getting money dishonestly or illegally): They suspected he was on the fiddle all along. 2 a violin 3 be a fiddle to be difficult to do and involve… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • fiddle — /fid l/, n., v., fiddled, fiddling. n. 1. a musical instrument of the viol family. 2. violin: Her aunt plays first fiddle with the state symphony orchestra. 3. Naut. a small ledge or barrier raised in heavy weather to keep dishes, pots, utensils …   Universalium

  • fiddle — [[t]fɪ̱d(ə)l[/t]] fiddles, fiddling, fiddled 1) VERB If you fiddle with an object, you keep moving it or touching it with your fingers. [V with n] Harriet fiddled with a pen on the desk. 2) VERB If you fiddle with something, you change it in… …   English dictionary

  • fiddle — I UK [ˈfɪd(ə)l] / US verb Word forms fiddle : present tense I/you/we/they fiddle he/she/it fiddles present participle fiddling past tense fiddled past participle fiddled * 1) a) [intransitive] to touch or move something with many small quick… …   English dictionary

  • fiddle — fid|dle1 [ fıdl ] verb * 1. ) intransitive to touch or move something with many small quick movements of your fingers because you are bored, nervous, or concentrating on something else: fiddle with: She fiddled with her napkin, avoiding his eyes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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