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, Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 6,
- “There is little need,” said the monk, with a meaning look, “to fritter away the time in gewgaws.”
- 1890, James M. Barrie, My Lady Nicotine, ch. 4,
- I had been frittering away my money, too, on luxuries.