[ frits ]
/ frɪts /

Verb Phrases

fritz out, to become inoperable.


    on the fritz, not in working order: Our TV went on the fritz last night.

Origin of fritz

First recorded in 1900–05; of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for fritz out


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fritz out


see on the blink (fritz).

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