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Today’s Euro 2012 football word is ‘to fritter away‘. This phrase is made up of the verb to fritter and the adverb away. To fritter means to waste something, such as money or time. In football it is most often used to talk about wasting chances to score goals. To fritter is almost always combined with away, with the noun coming between the two words, as in the Dutch frittered their chances away against Denmark, or after the phrase, for example, the Dutch frittered away their chances against Denmark. To fritter away.
Example: (The Guardian, UK) Michael Krohn-Dehli scored the only goal as the Dutch frittered away a host of chances.