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as in: into the fray Define
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation
  • John looked rather disconcerted by this intelligence, though there was a lurking grin on his face at the same time; but, being quite unable to keep out of the fray, he compromised the matter by tucking his wife’s arm under his own, and, thus accompanied, following Nicholas downstairs with all speed.

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  • I’m hesitant to join the fray.
  • But if she rushed into the fray herself she would be first censured, then despised, and finally ignored.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View

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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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