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twiddle

(character)
The tilde character.

twiddle

(jargon)
(To make) a small or insignificant change. E.g. twiddling a program often fixes one bug and generates several new ones (see also shotgun debugging). Bits are often twiddled. Twiddling a switch or knob implies much less sense of purpose than toggling or tweaking it; see frobnicate. Bit twiddling connotes aimlessness, and at best doesn't specify what you're doing to the bit; to "toggle a bit" has a more specific meaning.
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alongside him twiddled his fiddled faders But Kev and Terry - or was it Frank and Paul (I had to ask them three times which was which) - were smashing guests and, after a panicked hour, I'd reached the 7 o'clock news without too much airwave carnage.
8DA YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Travail 9 Edits 10 Reels 11 Atlanta 12 Hub 13 Lobbyist 16 Twiddled 17 Loo 19 Bugaboo 21 Endow 22 Anger 23 Nastier DOWN: 1 Starchy 2 Take a bow 3 Rats 4 Deployed 5 Lion 6 Aswan 8 Lead Balloon 13 Ladybird 14 Salad oil 15 Forward 18 U-Boat 20 Gags 21 Else QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Spendthrift 8 Ice 9 Lot 11 Darling 12 Usage 13 Ink 14 Ban 15 Wheezed 17 Mac 19 Acre 21 Ogre 23 Mayo 25 Tuba 27 Wee 29 Stroppy 31 Ran 34 Pro 36 Slope 37 Carried 38 Opt 39 See 40 Sentimental DOWN: 1 Scan 2 Perk 3 Neither 4 Tagged 5 Rouge 6 Flab 7 Toga 8 Idiom 10 Tense 16 Day 18 Cob 20 Cow 22 Gas 24 Aspirin 25 Torso 26 Romcom 28 Erode 30 Tweet 32 Alps 33 Note 34 Pisa 35 Reel
I get furious if the string is twiddled round the handle.
Sweden, June 30 -- While the people rescued in Uttarakhand say that they saw Gods in uniform, who not only saved their lives but also went out of their way to look after famished, cold, injured, shelterless and under clothed hapless citizens while the state administration including the police, twiddled its thumbs writes Lt Gen SK Bahri (Retd).