(Latin, fidis or fides). He was first fiddle.
Chief man, the most distinguished of the company.
To play second fiddle.
To take a subordinate part. The allusion is to the leader of
concerts, who leads with a fiddle.
The Scotch fiddle or Caledonian Cremona. The itch. As fiddlers
scratch with a bow the strings of a fiddle, so persons suffering from
skin-irritation keep scratching the part irritated.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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