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British pronunciation/ɒnðə fˈɪdəl/
American pronunciation/ɑːnðə fˈɪdəl/
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used to refer to a person, organization, etc. that uses dishonest or illegal methods to gain money

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on the fiddle definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "on the fiddle" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "on the fiddle" is believed to have originated in the mid-19th century in British English. It likely draws from the association of the violin (also called a fiddle) with trickery or manipulation, as well as the notion of playing a fraudulent tune. It is commonly used to discuss individuals who exploit loopholes, engage in tax evasion, commit fraud, or manipulate systems for personal gain.

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The auditors discovered that the company had been engaging on the fiddle for years, manipulating their financial records.
The forensic accountant meticulously uncovered the complex scheme the executive had been running on the fiddle.
The authorities suspected that the corrupt politician was on the fiddle, diverting public funds for personal gain.
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