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  1. This blouse is a bit of a fiddle to do up.

  2. It's kind of complicated to do up this blouse.

I've just came across the meaning of "fiddle" as "something difficult to do" and I tried to rephrase the sentence in order to get kind of a synonym.

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That sense is strictly UK; (1) would be understood in the USA, but native wouldn't say it. In American English, metaphorical fiddle is likely to be a verb (Don't fiddle around with that; you could hurt yourself). –  John Lawler Mar 27 '13 at 15:49
Fiddly (or a fiddle) doesn't really mean difficult. –  TimLymington Mar 27 '13 at 18:09

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Yes, you can say it and it won't be wrong:

3 British informal a small task that seems awkward and unnecessarily complex:
    inserting a tape is a bit of a fiddle


but generally fiddle is defined & accepted as:

  • to touch or move something with many small quick movements of your fingers because you are bored, nervous, or concentrating on something else
  • to produce false results or records, in order to get money or other benefits
  • to play a tune on the violin.
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I agree. Fiddle is not complicated, but can require many steps with attention to detail and precision. Complicated implies levels of structure, and extensive decision making.

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