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frayed
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Crime and Punishment
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  • But there seemed to be nothing, no trace, except in one place, where some thick drops of congealed blood were clinging to the frayed edge of his trousers.
  • He picked up a big claspknife and cut off the frayed threads.

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  • The frayed rags he had cut off his trousers were actually lying on the floor in the middle of the room, where anyone coming in would see them!
  • He went to the stove, opened it and began rummaging in the ashes; the frayed edges of his trousers and the rags cut off his pocket were lying there just as he had thrown them.
  • It needed the utmost delicacy, the greatest nicety, but she has managed things so that that fool, that conceited baggage, that provincial nonentity, simply because she is the widow of a major, and has come to try and get a pension and to fray out her skirts in the government offices, because at fifty she paints her face (everybody knows it). a creature like that did not think fit to come, and has not even answered the invitation, which the most ordinary good manners required!

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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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