In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(violin)violín masculineas fit as a fiddle — rebosante de salud
- he's 78 and still as fit as a fiddle — tiene 78 años y sigue rebosante de salud
- to play second fiddle — desempeñar un papel secundario
- she grew up playing second fiddle to her sister — creció a la sombra de / eclipsada por su hermana
2Britishinformal(cheat)chanchullo masculine informala tax fiddle — un chanchullo con los impuestos
- they've worked a fiddle on their expenses — han amañado los gastos
- she's on the fiddle — está metida en un chanchullo
3(tricky operation)it's a fiddle to get this in — meter esto tiene su chiste
1(falsify)hacer chanchullos con British informal(election/result) amañar informalcan you fiddle it so that it goes on expenses? — ¿puedes arreglar las cosas para que figure como gastos de representación?
- That includes everything from tax evasion and very basic fiddles to money made from computer-game counterfeiting, people-smuggling and drug-dealing.
- Crikey readers have contributed a lot of stories on circulation rorts, fiddles and the like over the past week or so, but here's another tale, a bit historical, which would be hysterical if it wasn't serious.
- As Mars and others have documented, this point would seem to apply to a wide range of occupational scams and fiddles, ranging from the top-floor board room to the basement boiler room.
- Peter Rook QC, prosecuting, said the elaborate fraud could not be described as ‘a cornershop fiddle.’
- His job sometimes included actually working the fiddle, as with crooked roulette tables, to remove suspicion from the obvious source, the sharper himself.
- Unlike America, which has rushed to pass new legislation to curb corruption and reform auditing, Japan has done little to prevent a repeat of past accounting fiddles.
- It has been alleged that the scam centres around cash fiddles at the large store, which is in Ocotal Way.
1(fidget)don't fiddle! — ¡deja eso!
- to fiddle with sth
- stop fiddling with the typewriter! — deja de jugar con / de toquetear la máquina de escribir
- he fiddled nervously with his tie — jugueteaba nerviosamente con la corbata
2Britishinformal(cheat)hacer chanchullos informal
3(play the violin)tocar el violín
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