fritz(redirected from being on the fritz)
A condition in which something does not work properly: Our television is on the fritz.
[Perhaps from German Fritz, diminutive of the name Friedrich.]
on the fritz (of an appliance, etc) broken or malfunctioning
(of an appliance, etc) to become broken or start malfunctioning
on the fritz, Informal. not in working order: Our TV went on the fritz last night.
[1900–05, Amer.; of obscure orig.]