on the fritz


[frits] Informal.
Verb phrases
fritz out, to become inoperable.
on the fritz, not in working order: Our TV went on the fritz last night.

1900–05; of obscure origin

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

  1. mod.
    not functioning properly. : My watch is on the fritz.
  2. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. : She drank till she was totally on the fritz.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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on the fritz

see under on the blink.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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