“I have been in a fritz Lang film for the past three weeks,” he tells me.
“fritz told me she was quiet, settled, and happy in her marriage,” Berman said.
Apple's mail and storage servers were on the fritz for months as Mac turned into the iPhone-friendly MobileMe.
German familiar form of masc. proper name Friedrich; as a characteristic name for a German, from 1883, especially in World War I. On the fritz "inoperative" (1903) is American English slang, of unknown origin. Earliest references suggest a theatrical origin.
To make something inoperative; put out of working order: Lightning hit some wires and fritzed the generator (1903+)
A German, esp a German soldier; kraut (1883+)