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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
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Word Origin and History for fritz out

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 out

fritz out

verb phrase

To become inoperative; break down; go down (1960+)


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 out
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