fritter away


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fritter away - spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance"
ware, squander, consume, waste - spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"

fritter away

verb squander, waste, run through, dissipate, misspend, idle away, fool away, spend like water I fritter my time away at coffee mornings.

fritter away

verb
To spend (money) excessively and usually foolishly:
Slang: blow.
References in classic literature ?
He was unaware of her gaze, and she watched him intently, speculating fancifully about the strange warp of soul that led him, a young man with signal powers, to fritter away his time on the writing of stories and poems foredoomed to mediocrity and failure.
"Don't fritter away the little strength you have left."
'"There is little need," said the monk, with a meaning look, "to fritter away the time in gewgaws which shall raise up the pale ghosts of hopes of early years.
The local boy welled up on the first tee and used the emotion to power to a fast start but collapsed to fritter away five shots in the last four holes, including a reload seven at the last.
Summary: West Indies fritter away a golden chance after having Australia on the ropes
She also identifies some of the quirkier ways we fritter away our wages - such as snail-slime beauty treatments and designer INSPECT A GADGET: Mary garments for dogs.
A WOMAN accused of misusing her control over her elderly father's finances to drain his savings and "fritter away" tens of thousands of pounds has been convicted of fraud.
Everton tossed away a two-goal advantage and then a lead in time added on at Chelsea, to fritter away their 11th point from a winning position since November 28.
The spokesman of the paramilitary force, which has been carrying out the operation alongside police in the metropolis for the last two years, vowed not to fritter away sacrifices rendered by the martyrs and the masses.He urged people to keep an eye on their surroundings and report any suspicious activities to Rangers helpline on 1101.
Whoever earns through legal means does not ever fritter away money, he added.
It is possible for punters to fritter away a fortune in a short space of time.
The 50 following users to download an app were also given a cheeky $500 to fritter away on their favourite apps, music or movies.