fritter away

phrasal verb

frittered away; frittering away; fritters away
: to spend or use up (something) in a slow and usually foolish way
He frittered the afternoon away.
He frittered away his fortune on gambling.

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“Fritter away.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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