from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A device consisting of a tin can with a string so inserted that when it is twanged a harsh, noisy tone is produced.


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  • One of the men tapped the belly of a double bass and said, 'Gee, I sure didn't think I'd be toting a bull-fiddle when I moved in among the commies.'

    Funeral In Berlin

  • a noise halfway between a low bull-fiddle note and that of a motor trying to start.


  • Bonjour, "and carried on, humming bull-fiddle tunes.

    Flashman and the Dragon


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