On-the-fritz Definition


(of electrical or mechanical appliances) Out of order; malfunctioning; broken.

I'd record it, but my VCR is on the fritz again.
My washing machine has gone on the fritz, and I have a load of muddy clothes with which to deal.

Origin of On-the-fritz

  • 1902, originally meaning “in a bad way” or “in bad condition”, malfunctioning of an appliance. Perhaps from German name Fritz, or by onomatopoeia.

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  • Unknown.

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