One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
often as exclamation Nonsense.
- ‘Initially, he worked in the manner of Gainsborough, but slowly developed his own style of conveying nature and humble subjects so as to appear spontaneous and without what he called ‘fal-de-lal or fiddle-de-dee’.’
- ‘Alice thought she saw a way out of the difficulty this time. ‘If you'll tell me what language fiddle-de-dee is, I'll tell you the French for it!’’
- ‘Holding his position firmly near the bottom of the list is Seth and his fiddle-de-dee love songs about Dartmoor.’
- ‘And, fiddle-de-dee, he doesn't have to worry much about politics, either; some other book can do that.’
Late 18th century: from fiddle + a reduplication without meaning.
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