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But Delancy had no time to fritter away on niceties of etiquette.

The curse of the ranchers is that they fritter away their strength.

Shilly-shally, to trifle or fritter away time; to be irresolute.

I'll smash that lute of yours to bits; you fritter away your working hours with it!

K—— used to fritter away his time on designs for old friends.

A teacher should not fritter away his attention on inattentive pupils.

He resolved, therefore, to waste no time—to fritter away no energy in feeble dalliance with trouble; but to face her boldly.

The man who is to be the father of the future dukes must not be allowed to fritter away his time in obscurity.

Want to stay in town over night and fritter away your money and the time the government pays for.

She was evidently a strong-minded woman, and would not fritter away her valuable time for nothing.

WORD ORIGIN

"whittle away," 1728, from fritters "fragment or shred," possibly from a noun sense, but this is not recorded as early as the verb; perhaps an alteration of 16c. fitters "fragments or pieces," perhaps ultimately from Old French fraiture "a breaking," from Latin fractura. Or perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German vetze "clothes, rags").

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