fiddle while rome burns

fid·dle while Rome Burns
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fid-l hwahyl, wahyl rohm burnz]
    • /ˈfɪd l ʰwaɪl, waɪl roʊm bɜrnz/
    • /ˈfɪd.l̩ waɪl rəʊm bɜːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fid-l hwahyl, wahyl rohm burnz]
    • /ˈfɪd l ʰwaɪl, waɪl roʊm bɜrnz/

Definitions of fiddle while rome burns words

  • phrase fiddle while rome burns If you say that someone is fiddling while Rome burns, you mean that they are not dealing with a difficult or dangerous situation but instead are doing useless things or pretending that nothing is wrong. 0
  • verb fiddle while rome burns (Idiomatic) To neglect helping when one’s time is needed most; to ignore the major problem at hand (whilst doing something less important); to be idle, inactive, or uninterested in a time of great need. 0

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fiddle while rome burns popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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