fritter away

fritter away
verb
spend frivolously and unwisely
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Fritter away one's inheritance

Syn: ↑fritter, ↑frivol away, ↑dissipate, ↑shoot, ↑fool, ↑fool away
Derivationally related forms: ↑dissipation (for: ↑dissipate)
Hypernyms: ↑consume, ↑squander, ↑waste, ↑ware
Entailment:
consume, ↑eat up, ↑use up, ↑eat, ↑deplete, ↑exhaust, ↑run through, ↑wipe out
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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[verb]
waste, dissipate, idle away, misspend, run through, spend like water, squander

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ˌfritter a ˈway [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they fritter away he/she/it fritters away present participle frittering away past tense frittered away past participle frittered away] phrasal verb
to waste time or money on things that are not necessary or important

Over the next year he frittered away all his winnings.

Thesaurus: to waste time, or to pass time doing unimportant thingssynonym to waste or misuse a thing or opportunitysynonym
Main entry: fritter

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fritter away [phrasal verb]
fritter away (something) or fritter (something) away : to spend or use up (something) in a slow and usually foolish way

He frittered the afternoon away.

He frittered away his fortune on gambling.

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Main Entry:fritter

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