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fritter (verb) waste.
When you waste time or money little by little you fritter it away. If you use your energies on useless activities, you fritter away your energies. If you fritter your efforts you waste time and effort on unimportant matters.
- The leader urged upon his followers not to fritter away their time and energies on petty quarrels among themselves but concentrate on the task of nation building.
- Jonathan frittered away on vices and silly court disputes on a large estate left to him by his father.