- fritz out, to become inoperable.
- on the fritz, not in working order: Our TV went on the fritz last night.
Origin of fritz
- Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a German, especially a German soldier.
- a male given name.
Origin of Fritz
- Walter FrederickFritz, born 1928, U.S. politician: senator 1965–77; vice president 1977–81.
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Contemporary Examples of fritz
Hitchcock also met Fritz Lang, who was later to work in Hollywood.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I ordered the same beer she had, and for the next two hours, we drank this refreshing brew: Fritz Briem Berliner Weisse “1809.”
And then she tasted the Fritz Briem Berliner Weisse 1809, and everything changed.
McMahon, who succeeds Fritz Winans, was the former CEO of St. John.Jay Z Speaks Up About Barneys
The Fashion Beast Team
October 28, 2013
Listen to any score by Richard Rodgers or Leonard Bernstein or Fritz Loewe if you want to hear genuine melodic invention.Why All the Hate for Les Mis?
January 7, 2013
Historical Examples of fritz
She amused herself by showing Fritz the pictures in an illustrated weekly.
They could not help smiling at Fritz as he frisked about in his imposing rose-collar.
She had expected to keep Fritz in her room at night for company.
She danced around in such excitement that Fritz barked wildly.
“I don't know how Fritz would make out in that field of endeavor,” he said.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
- Walter (Frederick). born 1928, US Democratic politician; vice president of the US (1977–81)
Word Origin and History for 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 fritz
see on the blink (fritz).