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Ulysses
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  • Stephen, an elbow rested on the jagged granite, leaned his palm against his brow and gazed at the fraying edge of his shiny black coat-sleeve.
  • Inked characters fast fading on the frayed breaking paper.

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  • Felicitously he ceased and held a meek head among them, auk’s egg, prize of their fray.
  • He extended elocutionary arms from frayed stained shirtcuffs, pausing: —What was their civilisation?

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as in: frayed cloth Define
showing wear with threads beginning to separate and hang loose
as in: frayed nerves Define
emotionally strained (worn thin)
as in: into the fray Define
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation
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