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fritter away

To waste or squander something, often in small increments. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fritter" and "away." If you keep frittering away your savings on sales at the mall, you'll be broke again in no time.
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fritter something away (on someone or something)

to waste something, such as money, on someone or something, foolishly. Did you fritter good money away on that old car? You frittered away one hundred dollars on that piece of junk?
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fritter away

Squander or waste little by little; wear down gradually. For example, She frittered away her salary on odds and ends and saved nothing. This expression was first recorded in Alexander Pope's Dunciad (1728): "How prologues into prefaces decay, And these to notes are fritter'd quite away."
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fritter away

v.
To gradually use something up, especially wastefully or without serious purpose: They frittered away their inheritance. I frittered my lottery winnings away on bad investments. I frittered away my vacation time watching television.
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UK holidaymakers will fritter away 365,366 weeks languishing in hotel rooms with hangovers in 2006, says a survey.
BRITISH tourists will fritter away 365,000 weeks languishing in holiday hotel rooms with hangovers in 2006, according to a new survey by Teletext Holidays today.
I'm voting no on anything that costs me more money for our politicians to fritter away.
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RUGBY LEAGUE: Wigan coach Brian Noble expressed sympathy for his old club Bradford after watching them fritter away a 30-6 lead in the first Super League elimination play-off at Odsal.
To allow people to fritter away their money on gambling has to be immoral and to let them get hooked on the glitz of US-style casinos is beyond the pale.
Have a vision of what's important to you and eliminate the distractions that fritter away your time.
FOR every pound Britons save they withdraw 52p within weeks to fritter away on impulse purchases, a survey claimed yesterday.
King me: TNT's Charles Barkley watched the Sacramento Kings fritter away their six-game lead in the West and concluded, ``They are softer than my stomach.
A scary survey says we fritter away up to three hours a day faffing around, carrying out unwanted tasks or putting off things that need done.
I felt a rising frustration because I don't want to fritter away these opportunities,'' Kiraly said.
FOR every pound Britons save, they withdraw 52p within weeks to fritter away on impulse purchases.