fritter something away (on something)


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.

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

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  • 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 — 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

  • 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 …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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 — {{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

  • 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

  • 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