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

Related Words for on the fritz

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with on the fritz

on the fritz

see under on the blink.


see on the blink (fritz).

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