One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A petty lie.‘no sane person would make up such a taradiddle’
- ‘"I dare say my nephew told you a good many taradiddles in his time."’
- ‘Let us therefore avoid giving ear to a lot of taradiddles about our soldiers in the trenches.’
- ‘A trip up the Thames from Southend-On-Sea to the Houses of Parliament provides him with many fine opportunities to indulge in his own idiosyncratic brand of taradiddles and horseplay.’
- ‘I've been around the block enough times to know better than give credibility to these twisted taradiddles.’
- ‘The problem is that they have to deal with racing drivers on a regular basis, and if there's one thing you don't want if you have any intention of maintaining your mental stability, it's listening to the humgudgeon, half-truths, taradiddles, quarter-truths, fiddlesticks and non-truths of even one racing driver, never mind a gridful of the blighters.’
- 1.1mass noun Pretentious nonsense.‘this taradiddle from him about his new radio show’
nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether, moonshineView synonyms
- ‘Her tarradiddle was of a nature that is usually considered excusable - at least with grown-up people; but, nevertheless, she would have been nearer to perfection could she have confined herself to the truth.’
Late 18th century: perhaps related to diddle.
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