fritter + away
to fritter away (third-person singular simple present fritters away, present participle frittering away, simple past and past participle frittered away)
- (transitive) To squander or waste.
1839, Charles Dickens, chapter 6, in Nicholas Nickleby:
- “There is little need,” said the monk, with a meaning look, “to fritter away the time in gewgaws.”
1890, James M. Barrie, chapter 4, in My Lady Nicotine:
- I had been frittering away my money, too, on luxuries.