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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
You could fritter away hours with a baseball club, and end at last just where you began.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
Our eyes forever bent on the future, which can never be ours, we fritter away the present, which alone we possess.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
I said nothing, for I thought she must have foolishly frittered away what should have been yours.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
I fritter away my time like some women, even though it isn't like the women who make calls.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
His time is all frittered away in directing the elaborate machinery of a diocese; and all his personal work is gone.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
He had never weakened or frittered away his sweetest emotions on the various flirtations that fill the early years of so many men.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
The next act is frittered away in talk, the principal object seemingly to show how much the sculptor hates Hanna.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
But Fremont frittered away his strength in sending regiments to chase guerrilla bands which dissolved as soon as the trail became too hot.
"The Struggle for Missouri" by John McElroy
Hasdrubal, the handsome husband of my sister, frittered away eight years on succeeding to his authority.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
But, then, he must be rapid while he is at work, and must not fritter away his resources on starts in vain directions.
"Methods of Authors" by Hugo Erichsen
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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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