Perhaps with a shoe and a mighty thump you have suddenly pulverized an arachnid into a stain with some legs stuck to it.
What of a less intense method?
You take some tissue paper, several sheets, and place them other your pinching fingers. You rapidly extend your arm pressing your fingers to the wall and then together as quickly and thoroughly as one can.
As you retract the tissue opens slightly, and in it is the corpse of the beast. It’s body is smaller and deflated. The legs are curled inward.
The legs are curled.
Perhaps when the spider died it’s muscles contracted forcing it’s legs to bend in. Or maybe it was pain. As you fingers pressed upon it’s body,the creature tried to condense itself. Hugging itself, in a desperate attempt at one last embrace.
The phrase from which I derived it would indicate that it means that something is not quite broken, but certainly not right. However the preposition “on” would mean that fritz is a noun, not a adjective, and more over a place where other nouns, that are not quite broken, but certainly not right, can exist. Also, the article “the” is functioning as an adjective to indicate that it is singular and special. So, perhaps a Fritz is a figurative pedestal-like-thing to place another thing that isn’t quite broken, but certainly not right.
Can one’s fritz be on the fritz? Is a fritzed fritz just a normal pedestal?