fiddle with

phrasal verb
fiddled with; fiddling with; fiddles with

Definition of fiddle with

1 : to move or handle (something) with the hands or fingers in a nervous way She was nervously fiddling with her pencil as she waited for the test to start.
2 : to change or handle (something, such as the controls of a machine) in a way that shows one is not sure what to do He was fiddling with the controls of the television, trying to get it to work.
3 : to change (something) in a harmful or foolish way It became clear that someone had fiddled with the equipment.

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“Fiddle with.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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