English verb: diddle
|1.||diddle (social) deprive of by deceit|
|Samples||He swindled me out of my inheritance.|
She defrauded the customers who trusted her.
The cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change.
|Examples||They diddle him of all his money|
|Synonyms||bunco, con, defraud, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s somebody.|
Somebody ----s somebody PP
|Broader (hypernym)||cheat, chisel, rip off|
|Narrower (hyponym)||short, short-change|
|2.||diddle (contact) manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination|
|Samples||She played nervously with her wedding ring.|
Don't fiddle with the screws.
He played with the idea of running for the Senate.
|Synonyms||fiddle, play, toy|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s PP|
|Narrower (hyponym)||put out, retire|