fritz

[frits]Informal.
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Idioms
  1. 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
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Related Words for on the fritz

bonkers, broken, faulty, haywire, inoperable, kerflooey, malfunctioning

Word Origin and History for on the 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with on the fritz

on the fritz

see under on the blink.

fritz

see on the blink (fritz).

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