fritz

[frits] Informal.

Origin:
1900–05; of obscure origin

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Fritz

[frits]
noun
1.
Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a German, especially a German soldier.
2.
a male given name.

Origin:
1910–15; < German; common nickname for Friedrich


Fritz was a nickname used by Allied soldiers for a German soldier during World War I and II.

Mondale

[mon-deyl]
noun
Walter Frederick ("Fritz") born 1928, U.S. politician: senator 1965–77; vice president 1977–81.
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Mondale (ˈmɒnˌdeɪl)
 
n
Walter (Frederick). born 1928, US Democratic politician; vice president of the US (1977--81)

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Word Origin & History

fritz
in on the fritz "inoperative," 1903, Amer.Eng. slang, of unknown origin. Earliest references suggest a theatrical origin.
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Idioms & Phrases

fritz

see on the blink (fritz).

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Example sentences
His radio was on the fritz, but never mind: while airborne he would communicate with us on the ground through a series of kicks.
He drove fast and ignored me, curs- ing at his eight-track tape deck, which was on the fritz.
But they're having a problem with their more basic tech: the water heater is on the fritz.
Fritz said that it is important for citizens to have the opportunity to access the plan for review.
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