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Definition of fritz

: a state of disorder or disrepair used in the phrase on the fritz One day the Internet connection at the house goes on the fritz [=stops working properly], so I go with the laptop to a cafe and ask if it has wireless.— Joel Achenbach

Examples of fritz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An ancient, rattling Hobart mixer is perpetually on the fritz. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 With her powers on the fritz, the Mind Flayer, who may have been defeated in the real world but still reigns in the Upside Down, is obviously plotting his comeback. Helena Andrews-dyer, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 In the meantime, emergency-room doctors at the hospital couldn’t perform a key test, for a protein called troponin, to diagnose heart attacks, when the machine was on the fritz, people familiar with the matter said. Christopher Weaver, WSJ, 5 May 2022 The elevator has been on the fritz, and a second one has never been in service. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 But even our metrics are, at this point, kind of on the fritz. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2022 Too many aspects of ourselves crammed together has sent our brains on the fritz. Zak Jason, Wired, 12 Feb. 2022 The two times my microwave went on the fritz and eventually broke in the past two years sent me into a panic. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2021 Some building-wide services went on the fritz, too. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fritz

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fritz

origin unknown

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17 Jul 2022

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“Fritz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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