fritter away

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fritter + away

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to fritter away (third-person singular simple present fritters away, present participle frittering away, simple past and past participle frittered away)

  1. (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.

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