on the fritz

fritz

[frits] Informal.
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:
1900–05; of obscure origin

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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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms & Phrases

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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