Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Fiddle (Latin, fidis or fides).

 Fi’co.Fiddle About (To). 
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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