fritter away something

fritter away something
fritter away (something) to waste money, time, or an opportunity.

He was known to fritter away huge sums betting on the horses.

I didn't do anything over vacation — I just frittered it away.

Usage notes: usually used to show disapproval

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  • fritter away — (something) to waste money, time, or an opportunity. He was known to fritter away huge sums betting on the horses. I didn t do anything over vacation I just frittered it away. Usage notes: usually used to show disapproval …   New idioms dictionary

  • fritter away — verb spend frivolously and unwisely Fritter away one s inheritance • Syn: ↑fritter, ↑frivol away, ↑dissipate, ↑shoot, ↑fool, ↑fool away • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fritter — frit|ter1 [ˈfrıtə US ər] fritter away [fritter sth<=>away] phr v to waste time, money, or effort on something small or unimportant fritter something<=>away on ▪ He frittered away a fortune on fast cars and gambling. fritter 2 fritter2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fritter — {{11}}fritter (n.) fried batter, late 14c., from O.Fr. friture fritter, pancake, something fried (12c.), from L.L. frictura a frying, from frigere to roast, fry (see FRY (Cf. fry) (v.)). {{12}}fritter (v.) whittle away, 1728, from fritters… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fritter something away (on something) — ˌfritter sthaˈway (on sth) derived to waste time or money on things that are not important • He frittered away the millions his father had left him. Main entry: ↑fritterderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • fritter — 1 noun (C) a thin piece of fruit, vegetable, or meat covered with a mixture of eggs and flour and cooked in hot fat : apple/corn/banana fritter (=made of apple, corn etc) 2 fritter sth away phrasal verb (T) to waste time, money, or effort on… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fritter something away — waste time, money, or energy on trifling matters. → fritter …   English new terms dictionary

  • fritter — fritter1 verb 1》 (often fritter something away) waste time, money, or energy on trifling matters. 2》 archaic divide into small pieces. Origin C18: based on obs. fitter break into fragments . fritter2 noun a piece of fruit, vegetable, or meat that …   English new terms dictionary

  • frivol away — verb spend frivolously and unwisely Fritter away one s inheritance • Syn: ↑fritter, ↑dissipate, ↑shoot, ↑fritter away, ↑fool, ↑fool away • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • fool away — verb spend frivolously and unwisely Fritter away one s inheritance • Syn: ↑fritter, ↑frivol away, ↑dissipate, ↑shoot, ↑fritter away, ↑fool • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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