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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.”
See also: away
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References in classic literature ?
Our English youth fritters away its time in idleness and pleasure-seeking.
A disbandment of the committee, which fritters away government money, seems to be the best remedy.
UAE star fritters away comfortable 4-2 advantage to lose 4-5
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.
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.