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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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And is it really twiddling your thumbs if you're setting and announcing US policy - on matters as serious as Syria and Iran - on Twitter?
"The First Minister is twiddling her thumbs and focusing all her attention on a referendum on independence that the majority don't want." But SNP Finance Secretary Derek MacKay hit back: "The SNP are doing everything we can to protect Scotland from the right-wing hard Tory Brexit which will cost 80,000 Scottish jobs.
Gary "I can't tell you how frustrating the last three or four weeks have been, I have not sat there twiddling my thumbs wondering whether I'd like to sign another striker or player or not," insisted Rowett.
As a youngster, I spent a lot of time twiddling my dial beneath the bed covers.
Thumbs on a slightly bored body twiddling the thinnest edges.
Workshops in unicycling, plate-spinning and 'toothbrush twiddling' will then be held at Scar Top in Barnard Castle on the afternoon of bank holiday Monday.
The decision-makers may be twiddling their thumbs - but here in the North East we are pulling our fingers out.
Over a career the total sees the average worker sitting through around 9000 hours of needless meetings - a full year and ten days spent twiddling their thumbs.
We, as wheelchair users, are out in public living our lives, not staying at home twiddling our thumbs.
Return from breaks Two who have been twiddling their hooves for more than 100 days are Duff and Timeless Call, but the latter boasts a far better record after such a layoff.
Because once they've been trained, they cannot be expected to wait around for weeks, months, or years before the events, twiddling their thumbs for just a few weeks' work.