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  • waste time (usually "futz around")
  • tinker with; make small changes

Example Sentences

  • "He turned the project in late because he could not stop futzing with it."

Languages of Origin



from vulgar Yiddish אַרומפֿאַרצן זיך arúmfartsn zikh 'to fart around'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


North America




Even in the early 1940s it was used by many non-Jews. Rothenberg, Julius. 1943. “Some American Idioms from the Yiddish.” American Speech 18(1): 43-48.

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