on the fritz


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

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

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 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.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 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.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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One very important point, at least on the Fritz side, this is about an 8-month-old acquisition.