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Verb Phrases
  1. fritz out, to become inoperable.
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  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
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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.

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Idioms and Phrases with on the fritz

on the fritz

see under on the blink.

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see on the blink (fritz).

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