English Idioms The Weekly Idiom: To be on the fritz
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Definition:

To not work

Example Dialogue:

A: What is that buzzing noise coming from your TV?
B: My TV is on the fritz again. I don’t know why it doesn’t work.
A: It may be time to buy a new TV.

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11 years, 3 months ago by David Rogers # 414
Hello,

You are correct, the idiom \"on the fritz\" means that something does not work correctly. I'm honestly not sure why, though. I'm sure there is a story behind it.

Best,

-David
7 years, 7 months ago by natalia # 1067
hola
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6 years, 6 months ago by nooona # 1182
Hi ..
what mean fritz ?
6 years, 5 months ago by Bela Halmi # 1198
Hi David,

Please study my example that led me to a different meaning. Sorry for technical terms...

" The DSP noise didn’t affect normal operation. For
example, the FT-450 made it possible for me to work 3B7C on 40 meter CW, since my own transceiver was on the fritz."

I first interpreted it that my own transmitter was aimed at the fritz while I was watching him on the FT-450.

Substituting your meaning instead of "on the fritz" gives a possible solution, that is my own transceiver was in faulty condition.

It would need more fluent English in my head to go further into the issue...

Anyway, fritz is a German, mainly soldier as far as I know.

Best regard: ha4yf a.k.a Bela Halmi
5 years, 11 months ago by gvantsa # 1232
I don't understand. what does this word mean?
to be on the fritz.
5 years, 5 months ago by Ricardo Balladares # 1242
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5 years, 2 months ago by wafiy # 1247
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