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be on the fritz

1. slang Of a machine, to be acting strangely or malfunctioning. Our washer is on the fritz, so I'm on my way to the laundromat. Mom called the repairman because our TV is on the fritz again.
2. slang Of a person, to be drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really on the fritz!
See also: fritz, on

on the fritz

 and on the blink
not operating; not operating correctly. This vacuum cleaner is on the fritz. Let's get it fixed. How long has it been on the blink?
See also: fritz, on

on the blink

Also, on the bum or fritz . Malfunctioning, out of order, broken, as in The TV is on the blink again, or You drive-our car's on the bum. The first of these slangy expressions dates from the late 1800s and possibly alludes to an electric light that flickers on and off ("blinks"); the second, from the same period, possibly is derived from bum in the sense of "a contemptible person"; the third, fritz, dating from about 1900, is of unknown origin.
See also: blink, on

on the fritz

see under on the blink.
See also: fritz, on

on the blink

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If a piece of machinery is on the blink, it is not working properly. We had to have the washing done at the laundry because our machine was on the blink. Note: The usual American expression is on the fritz.
See also: blink, on

on the fritz

AMERICAN, OLD-FASHIONED
A piece of machinery that is on the fritz is not working properly. My mother's toaster went on the fritz. `They're setting up communications,' Rizzuto said. `But the goddamned mobile command post has gone on the fritz.' Note: The usual British expression is on the blink.
See also: fritz, on

on the blink

1. mod. out of order; ill. (see also on the fritz.) My refrigerator is on the blink again.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated; on a drinking spree. They all went out and got on the blink.
See also: blink, on

on the fritz

1. mod. not functioning properly. My watch is on the fritz.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. She drank till she was totally on the fritz.
See also: fritz, on

on the blink

Out of working order.
See also: blink, on
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Steve is an excellent choice for our new Director of Technology," said Steve Laramay, Fritz Vice President of Technology.
Caption: ABOVE LEFT: Charlie Bent with the two loyal friends he brought back from Europe: Fritz and Bruno.
Mr Fritz told workers: "The Cross Point logistics centre is a pan-British site at the epicentre of the UK, serving the north and south of the country.
Like bugs in software programs, language errors make written documents less effective," Fritz continues.
At the moment, to drive machinery you need a power supply," says Fritz, a biophysicist who has just moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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There is another contribution that Fritz has made, of a more personal kind, that I feel it important to mention.
Unlike gatherings of anti-toxic waste activists, which run hot with the power of social justice and often break into civil rights songs, this meeting can be traced back to the transcendental spirit of Emerson and Thoreau - which seemed to live on in the two Shawnee tribal storytellers who spoke over candlelight not long after Ned Fritz was done.
Stephen Fritz has now added a compelling history of the common soldier in the German army, focusing on the terrible experiences of the Russian front.
Privett added that the Fritz Institute promotes a culture of service that respects the dignity of every person.
In May 1990, the Forest Service applied controls according to EIS guidelines to protect eight RCW colony sites from rapidly encroaching beetle infestations in and around Little Lake Creek Wilderness, only to be enjoined again by Fritz and other environmentalists (Sierra Club et al.