- fritz out, to become inoperable.
- on the fritz, not in working order: Our TV went on the fritz last night.
Origin of fritz
Related Words for on the fritzbonkers, broken, faulty, haywire, inoperable, kerflooey, malfunctioning
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.
on the fritz
see under on the blink.
see on the blink (fritz).