fiddlestick

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fiddlestick a bow used in playing the violin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fiddlestick The bow, strung with horsehair, used in playing the fiddle; a fiddle bow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fiddlestick Same as fiddle-bow.
    • n fiddlestick A mere nothing; chiefly as an exclamation, nonsense! fiddle-de-dee! often in the plural, fiddlesticks!
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • interj Fiddlestick nonsense!
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fiðele; Ger. fiedel. See Violin.

Usage

In literature:

Didn't she, rather, do you the honor to say, 'A fiddlestick for your phrases!
"The American" by Henry James
And thus he will make but bad music who hath the instruments and fiddlesticks, but none of the "resin" of Latimer.
"The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims" by Andrew Steinmetz
I said nothing about two thousand golden angels," said the rich man; "two thousand fiddlesticks!
"Twilight Land" by Howard Pyle
A fiddlestick's end for the situation!
"Armadale" by Wilkie Collins
Fiddlestick, and why did you not get this nonsense knocked out of your head when you were in the wars?
"The History of Henry Esmond, Esq." by W. M. Thackeray
If you've all the tense strings you may take life for your fiddlestick.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
And it is all fiddlesticks, anyhow.
"Dulcibel" by Henry Peterson
Fiddlesticks, I tell her!
"Betty Trevor" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
His pole was twice as long and twice as thick as any other pole in the boat, and he twisted it about just like a fiddlestick.
"The Young Fur Traders" by R.M. Ballantyne
It isn't a fiddlestick.
"The King's Esquires" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Thus spouted Jones (whar folks could hear,
— At Court and other gatherin's),
And thus kep' spoutin' many a year,
Proclaimin' loudly far and near
Sich fiddlesticks and blatherin's.
"Jones's Private Argyment" by Sidney Lanier

In news:

Considering how golf-mad Arizona is, you might expect to find more mega-ranges like south Tempe's Fiddlesticks spread across our green-with-wastewater Valley.
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