Informal A condition in which something does not work properly: Our television is on the fritz. (noun)
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"But to watch yuppie parents squirm with dread and confusion when anything in their households goes on the fritz is to wonder whether it was such a bad thing for one half of the marriageable population to know how to mend a fallen hem and the other to have rudimentary knowledge of the workings of a fuse box."
"Edwards was back in his meteorological office, wearing his field jacket, flak jacket, and "fritz" style helmet."