Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb diddle

2 senses of diddle

Sense 1
victimize, swindle, rook, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, gyp, gip, hornswoggle, short-change, con -- (deprive of by deceit; "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")
       => cheat, rip off, chisel -- (deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money")

Sense 2
toy, fiddle, diddle, play -- (manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; "She played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate")
       => manipulate -- (hold something in one's hands and move it)

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