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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 ?
Our English youth fritters away its time in idleness and pleasure-seeking.
As this millionaire fritters away his lottery winnings on drink, cars and hangers-on, he seems to be in the news every day for no apparent reason.
Rue's 25-year-old Gypsy Vale fritters away her life in Sandusky, Ohio, working at a parking-lot photo kiosk and dreaming of becoming the plus- sized version of her idol, Stevie Nicks, even though her voice chokes in public and she can't twirl without falling down.
All this fritters away an opportunity these diligent editors have amply earned by their labors to set an agenda for future critical work on Junius that might succeed in being unsanctimonious, flexible, and sharp.
Epstein notes how wasteful selective incorporation can be because it fritters away the social surplus from incorporation in bidding wars and intrigues that benefit only the government officials controlling the process.
Tony Blair should realise that people are dying here while he fritters away the nation's funds on an adventure.