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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

go on the fritz

slang Of a machine, to begin malfunctioning. Primarily heard in US. Our washer has gone on the fritz, so I'm on my way to the laundromat. Mom called the repairman because our TV went on the fritz again.
See also: fritz, go, on

on the blink

1. slang Not working correctly; acting strangely; malfunctioning. Our washer is on the blink, so I'm on my way to the laundromat. Mom called the repairman because our TV is on the blink again.
2. slang Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really on the blink!
See also: blink, on

on the fritz

Not working correctly; acting strangely; 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.
See also: fritz, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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

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
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.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

on the blink

(of a machine) not working properly; out of order. informal
See also: blink, on

go (or be) on the fritz

(of a machine) stop working properly. North American informal
The nature of any connection with Fritz , the derogatory nickname for a German, is uncertain. The related phrase put the fritz on means ‘put a stop to something’.
See also: fritz, go, on
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

on the ˈblink

(informal) (of a machine) not working properly: Can I watch the film at your house? Our TV’s on the blink again.
See also: blink, on

on the ˈfritz

(American English, informal) not working: The TV is on the fritz again.
See also: fritz, on
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

on the blink

Out of working order.
See also: blink, on
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

on the fritz

Out of commission; broken. No one really knows the origin of this term, which has been used since about 1900. Everyone agrees that Fritz was a derogatory name for a German, but how—or even if—it became equated with disrepair has been forgotten. P. G. Wodehouse used it in Bill the Conqueror (1924): “Everything’s on the fritz nowadays.”
See also: fritz, on
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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