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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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References in classic literature ?
I've no intention of frittering away my strength on that sort of thing." "It isn't frittering away the strength," she protested.
However, I must not be frittering away the reader's time with these details.
The West Indians must be kicking themselves after frittering away a golden chance with needless bravery, when all was required was sensible approach with singles and twos and hitting the loose deliveries to boundaries along the carpet.
The letter makes imputations that I have been 'accused of frittering away millions of pesos in Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) funds for travels abroad' and engaging in 'unofficial outings in restaurants and hotels in and around Subic Bay.' These imputations are clearly defamatory and, worse, are absolutely false.
But what really bothers me is the amount of money our clubs are frittering away on average players and their agents, instead of putting even more into the grassroots of our game and into the infrastructure which ensures that young players come through.
He said people were deprived of better health facilities, while the rulers were frittering away millions for a particular segment of society amounting to just two percent.
As these 40% cuts rightly begin to bite, surely it is time for Labour to safeguard and protect our frontline public services rather than frittering away cash we don't have.
He alleged that Riaz has acquired wealth through illegal means and now frittering away, thus earning title of 'Robin Hood'.
HATEM BEN ARFA THE French playmaker is in serious danger of frittering away his career after falling out of favour at the KC Stadium.
Sadly, for all those who have spent their years frittering away their youths on books and learning, it appears the way that intelligence can be measured is how good you are at ignoring people.
Which politician admitted frittering away his student years by "fooling around"?
Summary: YOKOHAMA: Losing one trophy could be regarded as misfortune but frittering away four in as ...
This frittering away of taxpayers' cash cannot be allowed to continue.
A COUNTY council has admitted frittering away almost pounds 1million overpaying staff - and also sent cash to DEAD people.
Behind-the-scene scrapping should be irrelevant to what happens in that vital 90 minutes and perhaps a stop to players' late-night guzzling, gambling and the frittering away of inflated salaries might help.