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  • On its ledge were a broken test-tube, a broken fishhook, an unlabeled and forgotten bottle of pills, a nail-bristling heel, a frayed cigar-butt, and a rusty lancet stuck in a potato.
  • He found for Leora a room on the frayed northern edge of Zenith, miles nearer Mohalis and the University than her hospital had been; a square white and blue room, with blotchy but shoulder-wise chairs.

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  • They came with letters and photographs amid the frayed clean linen in their shabby suit-cases-at any opportunity they would stoop over their bags and hopefully bring out testimonials from their Pastors; they begged for a chance to heal humanity, and for themselves only enough money to send The Girl to musical conservatory.

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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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