- fritz out, to become inoperable.
- on the fritz, not in working order: Our TV went on the fritz last night.
Origin of fritz
Word Origin and History for on the 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.
Idioms and Phrases with on the fritz
on the fritz
see under on the blink.
see on the blink (fritz).