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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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References in classic literature ?
I understand, it was frittered away in satin, precious stones, velvet, and feathers of all sorts and colors.
And you are very far from telling me this; but declare every action to be virtue which is done with a part of virtue; as though you had told me and I must already know the whole of virtue, and this too when frittered away into little pieces.
All the features of all the faces I met seemed frittered away, because my eye failed to recognize the peculiarities it was bent upon; an ample space of brow and a large, dark, and serious eye, with a fine but decided line of eyebrow traced above.
And as he frittered away the sums that flowed in, he advertised for more--and got it.
ISLAMABAD -- Billions have been frittered away on advertisements of power projects in four years.
We would then know some of it at least was being put to good use and not frittered away by foreign governments and corrupt officials.
The money was frittered away on unnecessary spending.
His neighbours are furious and question how much more taxpayers' money he must have frittered away on such competitions in the past?
THE idea of a pension is for it to help you financially in your retired years It seems our government is taking a huge risk letting the pension holders take as much as they want of their pension pots and relying on the State to look after them if the money is frittered away.
PAUL MERSON: Former England forward once revealed he frittered away PS7million on gambling over 20 years.
0 MANCHESTER City frittered away a decent chance to put pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United as bottom-placed QPR eked out a goalless draw at Loftus Road.
Tushar Gandhi had earlier appealed to Indians for money to buy his great-grandfather's belongings that are up for sale as, he said, they are part of Indian heritage that ought not to be frittered away to wealthy collectors.
NHS cash is once again being frittered away on fatcat payoffs.
Scott, who frittered away a three-shot lead during the final round, had to birdie the final hole of regulation just to force extra holes with the fast-finishing Ryan.
Why should the money I pay to use the tunnel be frittered away on other Mersey travel services which I do not use?