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On the Fritz

Posted by Bruce Kahl on September 10, 2001

My father used to use this expression to describe something that is not working properly or is broken and I recently heard it in a film or on tv.

All my sources come up nil on this.

I did see one thread about a blinking light bulb as something about to break or broken.

It seems Germanic but the English translation for fritz is Alexander.