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 Fi’co.Fiddle About (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fiddle (Latin, fidis or fides).
 
He was first fiddle. Chief man, the most distinguished of the company.   1
   To play second fiddle. To take a subordinate part. The allusion is to the leader of concerts, who leads with a fiddle.   2
   The Scotch fiddle or Caledonian Cremna. The itch. As fiddlers scratch with a bow the strings of a fiddle, so persons suffering from skin-irritation keep scratching the part irritated.   3
 


 Fi’co.Fiddle About (To). 

 
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