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  • v. To mess around, to waste time.


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  • Verb. To appear busy but without actually achieving anything, to tinker, to do a task which is seen as a waste of time. E.g."He's been firtling in the shed all morning." Northern use?
    Noun. The act of firtling. E.g."I was having a firtle in the wardrobe and found the flares I used to wear in the 70s."

    June 10, 2009