be on the fritz

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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