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fritz

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

First recorded in 1900–05; of obscure origin

Fritz

[frits]
noun
  1. Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a German, especially a German soldier.
  2. a male given name.
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Origin of Fritz

1910–15; < German; common nickname for Friedrich

Usage note

Fritz was a nickname used by Allied soldiers for a German soldier during World War I and II.

Mondale

[mon-deyl]
noun
  1. Walter FrederickFritz, born 1928, U.S. politician: senator 1965–77; vice president 1977–81.
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Contemporary Examples of fritz

Historical Examples of fritz

  • She amused herself by showing Fritz the pictures in an illustrated weekly.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • They could not help smiling at Fritz as he frisked about in his imposing rose-collar.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • She had expected to keep Fritz in her room at night for company.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • She danced around in such excitement that Fritz barked wildly.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • “I don't know how Fritz would make out in that field of endeavor,” he said.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox


British Dictionary definitions for fritz

Mondale

noun
  1. Walter (Frederick). born 1928, US Democratic politician; vice president of the US (1977–81)
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Word Origin and History for fritz

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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Idioms and Phrases with fritz

fritz

see on the blink (fritz).

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