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 Didactic PoetryDiddler (Jeremy). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Diddle (To).
 
To cheat in a small way, as “I diddled him out of … .” Edgar Allan Poe has an article on the art of “Diddling.” Rhyming slang is very common. (See CHIVY.) Fiddle and diddle rhyme. “Fiddle” is slang for a sharper, and “diddle” is the act of a sharper. The suggestive rhyme was
       
“Hi diddle diddle!
The cat and the fiddle.”
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“A certain portion of the human race
Has certainly a taste for being diddled.”
       
Hood: A Black Job, stanza 1.
 


 Didactic PoetryDiddler (Jeremy). 

 
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