To fritter away

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To fritter away to diminish; to pare off; to reduce to nothing by taking away a little at a time; also, to waste piecemeal; as, to fritter away time, strength, credit, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

Much of his time he frittered away in adding to his collections.
"Balzac" by Frederick Lawton
A man may not fritter away the years that are granted him; and that is what I seem to you to be doing, at best.
"The Emancipated" by George Gissing
I thought the rights reserved to the Indians were about to be frittered away; and events prove that I thought correct.
"David Crockett: His Life and Adventures" by John S. C. Abbott
He refused, in fact, to fritter away his army.
"The Lion of the North" by G.A. Henty
Anything for an excuse to fritter away their hard-earned savings!
"Adrien Leroy" by Charles Garvice
So sorry to tear myself away, dear Lady Fritterly.
"Fashionable Philosophy and Other Sketches" by Laurence Oliphant
He is going to fritter his property away just as he fritters away everything!
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
You couldn't expect a person of my importance to fritter away his valuable time catching mice.
"The Tale of Miss Kitty Cat" by Arthur Scott Bailey
I want to keep it in my purse, and fritter it away just as I like.
"Betty Trevor" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
I have my life to live, and I can't be content just to fritter it away.
"A Question of Marriage" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I have the plastic impulse, but so far I've been content to fritter it away in bits and pieces of heads and arms and hands.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
To succeed, a man must be quick, and sharp, and not fritter away his time.
"Joseph in the Snow, and The Clockmaker" by Berthold Auerbach
We meant to be so useful and busy, and I have frittered this summer away in pure idleness.
"Was It Right to Forgive?" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I had no time to fritter away in college; most of the men did.
"The Bachelors" by William Dana Orcutt
What torture it would have been if these first holy hours had had to be frittered away in idle chatter!
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
There he hung about the place till the last of his money was frittered away, and nothin' to show for it.
"Vision House" by C. N. Williamson
It is a great opportunity to save English Judaism, but it is being frittered away.
"The Grandchildren of the Ghetto" by Israel Zangwill
Not that one was mad enough to fritter the money away like that.
"Linda Lee, Incorporated" by Louis Joseph Vance
It's taking quite a responsibility to fritter it away.
"By Right of Purchase" by Harold Bindloss
Hence life is too short to be frittered away in vain regrets and useless denials.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle
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In poetry:

The land is ours, the land will keep,
And Time is nowise near its end;
We hold our birthright all too cheap
Its sacredness to comprehend,
In after years our sons will say,
' Why frittered ye the land away ?'
"The Prodigals" by Robert James Campbell Stead

In news:

That he did not fritter away taxpayer money by missing and therefore wasting a bullet, and that the escapee seemed to ask for this kind of painful conclusion to his ill-advised attempt to flee.
The itch to ditch officials who fritter away the public trust is growing, as Arnold and his broom bear down on Sacramento.
This report tells us a lot about where Obama stands politically and the degree to which he has frittered away the promise of his candidacy.
When a break from school comes, everyone looks forward to frittering away the days doing something fun and enjoyable.
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