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Dining tables on ships are edged with a rim, either fixed or hinged, which stops plates falling off during rough weather. These rims are called fiddles. Similar rims were present on the square wooden plates which gave the origin of a square meal. The story goes that some sailors would get their plates unfairly so full that the food was on the fiddle - hence today's saying.
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