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fritz

[frits] /frɪts/
Verb phrases
1.
fritz out, to become inoperable.
Idioms
2.
on the fritz, not in working order:
Our TV went on the fritz last night.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; of obscure origin

Fritz

[frits] /frɪts/
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
Usage note
Fritz was a nickname used by Allied soldiers for a German soldier during World War I and II.

Mondale

[mon-deyl] /ˈmɒnˌdeɪl/
noun
1.
Walter Frederick ("Fritz") born 1928, U.S. politician: senator 1965–77; vice president 1977–81.
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Examples from the web for fritz
  • His radio was on the fritz, but never mind: while airborne he would communicate with us on the ground through a series of kicks.
  • Or you might fritz the good guys and civilians by mistake.
  • And not because she was so easily reduced to tears by an on-the-fritz vacuum cleaner.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for fritz

Mondale

/ˈmɒnˌdeɪl/
noun
1.
Walter (Frederick). born 1928, US Democratic politician; vice president of the US (1977–81)
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Word Origin and History for fritz

Fritz

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for fritz

fritz

verb

To make something inoperative; put out of working order: Lightning hit some wires and fritzed the generator (1903+)

Related Terms

on the blink


Fritz

noun

A German, esp a German soldier; kraut (1883+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with fritz
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