fritter away

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fritter away spend frivolously and unwisely "Fritter away one's inheritance"
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Usage

In literature:

Time is too precious to fritter away in this manner!
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis
I must have my time for that, not fritter it away on managing servants and going to faculty dinners.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
Interest, as usual, was frittered away in examinations before the magistrates.
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
I would rather see a girl take serious views of life than fritter it away as most do.
"Dwell Deep" by Amy Le Feuvre
The upper part of the north tower is frittered away with work of a later style.
"Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine" by Edward A. Freeman
They frittered away their strength on these minor enterprises.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
He'd frittered away his solicitor's practice too by that time, and come to the end of his resources.
"In the Mayor's Parlour" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
As we have seen, Harriet must not fritter away her time writing plays; she must study Butler's Analogy.
"Daughters of the Puritans" by Seth Curtis Beach
Thus the summer was frittered away.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Want to stay in town over night and fritter away your money and the time the government pays for.
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
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In poetry:

Fools of the bread and circus,
fools who have frittered away
our youth and our fire and ambition
in aping empty play.
"Nation Of The Blind" by Ian Mudie
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:

Tom Steele of Basehor says he'd rather spend his time on his Harley or with grandkids than frittering it away on the Internet.
Not for frittering away her lead, not for running on the "experience" message in a "change" election, not for engendering the hatred of peers, and not for his foul mouth.
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.
Florida State nearly frittered away a big early lead with some cold shooting.
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.
If you think that your IT staff fritters away too much of their time at work using Facebook and Twitter, guess again.
Of the $6 trillion President Obama has frittered away, how much of that was either direct or indirect White House expenditure.
When a break from school comes, everyone looks forward to frittering away the days doing something fun and enjoyable.
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