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[frits] /frɪts/ Informal.

Verb phrases
fritz out, to become inoperable.
on the fritz, not in working order:
Our TV went on the fritz last night.
[frits] /frɪts/
Older Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a German, especially a German soldier.
a male given name.
[mon-deyl] /ˈmɒnˌdeɪl/
Walter Frederick (“Fritz”) born 1928, U.S. politician: senator 1965–77; vice president 1977–81.
Walter (Frederick). born 1928, US Democratic politician; vice president of the US (1977–81)

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.


To make something inoperative; put out of working order: Lightning hit some wires and fritzed the generator (1903+)

Related Terms

on the blink


A German, esp a German soldier; kraut (1883+)
see: on the blink (fritz)


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