from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to diminish; to pare off; to reduce to nothing by taking away a little at a time; also, to waste piecemeal
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They spent good money to fritter away the evening in the presence of various Fae and Earthside Supes.
When the legislature of 1836-7 met, it refused to fritter away the surplus revenue by distributing it among the counties in proportion to population and taxation,2
He was unaware of her gaze, and she watched him intently, speculating fancifully about the strange warp of soul that led him, a young man with signal powers, to fritter away his time on the writing of stories and poems foredoomed to mediocrity and failure.
Mere servants of the oecumenical bishop, having no interest in their Arab flock, they were content to fritter away their lives in Constantinople, useless ornaments of the Phanar.