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  • 1 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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  • 2 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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  • 3 fritter away — verb spend frivolously and unwisely Fritter away one s inheritance • Syn: ↑fritter, ↑frivol away, ↑dissipate, ↑shoot, ↑fool, ↑fool away • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …

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  • 4 fritter away — v. (D; tr.) to fritter away on (to fritter away one s time away on trifles) * * * [ frɪtə(r)ə weɪ] (D; tr.) to fritter away on (to fritter away one s time away on trifles) …

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  • 5 fritter away — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms fritter away : present tense I/you/we/they fritter away he/she/it fritters away present participle frittering away past tense frittered away past participle frittered away to waste time or money on things that …

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  • 6 fritter away — PHRASAL VERB If someone fritters away time or money, they waste it on unimportant or unnecessary things. [V P n (not pron)] The firm soon started frittering away the cash it was generating... [V n P] I seem to fritter my time away at coffee… …

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  • 7 fritter away — verb To squander or waste. “There is little need,” said the monk, with a meaning look, “to fritter away the time in gewgaws.” …

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  • 8 fritter away — phr verb Fritter away is used with these nouns as the object: ↑money, ↑time …

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  • 9 fritter away — 1. Diminish, pare off, reduce to nothing. 2. Misuse (time), waste, dawdle away, idle away, fool away. 3. Waste bit by bit, destroy gradually, waste by dispersion or by trifling and petty use …

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  • 10 fritter\ away — v informal To waste foolishly. Paul failed history because he fooled away his time instead of studying. The man won a lot of money, but he soon frittered it away and was poor again …

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  • 11 To fritter away — Fritter Frit ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frittered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Frittering}.] 1. To cut, as meat, into small pieces, for frying. [1913 Webster] 2. To break into small pieces or fragments. [1913 Webster] Break all nerves, and fritter all their …

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  • 12 Fritter — Frit ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frittered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Frittering}.] 1. To cut, as meat, into small pieces, for frying. [1913 Webster] 2. To break into small pieces or fragments. [1913 Webster] Break all nerves, and fritter all their sense.… …

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  • 13 fritter — Ⅰ. fritter [1] ► VERB (fritter away) ▪ waste (time, money, or energy) on trifling matters. ORIGIN from obsolete fitter «break into fragments». Ⅱ. fritter [2] ► NOUN ▪ a piece of fruit …

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  • 14 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 …

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  • 15 time — n. unlimited duration entire period of existence 1) time flies; passes 2) in time (we exist in time and space) unlimited future period 3) time will tell (time will tell if we are right) 4) in time (in time everything will be forgotten) moment… …

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  • 16 time — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 what is measured in minutes, hours, days, etc. TIME + VERB ▪ elapse, go by, pass ▪ As time went by we saw less and less of each other. ▪ The changing seasons mark the passing of time …

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  • 17 time — n 1. chronology; duration. 2. point, juncture, moment, instant, hour, day; period, spell, span, stretch, while, tide, term, tenure; interval, interim, intermission, interregnum, interruption, interlude, pause, break, hiatus; turn, shift, watch;… …

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  • 18 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 …

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  • 19 fritter — fritter1 [frit′ər] n. [< ? OFr fraiture < L fractura: see FRACTURE] Rare a small piece; shred vt. [< FRITTER1 the n.] 1. Rare to break or tear into small pieces 2. to waste (money, time, etc.) bit by bit on petty things: usually with… …

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  • 20 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… …

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