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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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fritter away

Gradually waste or wear down. This seemingly rustic expression was used by Alexander Pope in The Dunciad (1728), in which he lampooned all his literary enemies: “How prologues into prefaces decay, And these to notes are fritter’d quite away.”
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How did a country the size of Britain manage to fritter away such a phenomenal heritage?
AS CHILDREN in the North East prepare to go back to school, new research reveals a worrying number of them will fritter away their parents' cash by stocking up at the sweet shop on the way to class.
THAT Birmingham City Council managed to fritter away over pounds 1 million of taxpayers' money on expensive taxi journeys is a worrying example of the reckless attitude that many local government workers seem to have towards public funds.
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.
Those who have pounds 100,000 to fritter away can hire him.
DEJECTED Blackpool manager Steve McMahon saw his side fritter away a 2-0 lead.
Much above that figure, and your fund will stray from the index and fritter away your returns.
The 14,200 crowd saw Wales fritter away chances, while the width of the crossbar, and another superb show by the 38-year-old Southall, saved their bacon at the other end.
Sadly, it's more like business as usual in the free-wheeling, double-dealing realm of government contracting, where companies often straddle the public and private sectors to maximize profits from both, and fritter away taxpayers' money on expenses that would give even William Sessions pause.
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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.
UK holidaymakers will fritter away 365,366 weeks languishing in hotel rooms with hangovers in 2006, says a survey.
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FOR every pound Britons save they withdraw 52p within weeks to fritter away on impulse purchases, a survey claimed yesterday.
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.