noun(in phrase go or be on the fritz) North American informal
- My cable modem at home is on the fritz, so there probably won't be any more blog posts until I get it fixed.
- It's not like an electrical grid is going to go on the fritz tomorrow and leave a corner of the country in the dark, right?
- Our electrical equipment went on the fritz and never came back.
early 20th century: said to be a use of Fritz, with allusion to cheap German imports into the US before the First World War.
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nounBritish informal , dated
- The other day two Fritzes appeared walking unarmed along the top of their trench trying to fraternise.
- We saw Fritz try to get several other balloons but the anti-aircraft guns compelled him to fly high and so he could not make a direct hit.
late 19th century: abbreviation of the German given name Friedrich.
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