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 Fiddleback.Fiddler’s Fare or Fiddler’s Pay. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Drunk as a fiddler. Fiddlers at wakes and fairs were allowed meat and drink to their heart’s content, and seldom left a merry-making sober.   1
   Oliver’s Fiddler. Sir Roger L’Estrange (1616–1704). So called because he, at one time, was playing a fiddle or viole with others in the house of John Hingston when Cromwell was one of the guests.   2
   Fiddler is a slang word for sixpence.   3

 Fiddleback.Fiddler’s Fare or Fiddler’s Pay. 


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