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as in: into the fray Define
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation
  • ’Don’t let him bite his tongue off,’ a short sergeant near Yossarian advised shrewdly, and a seventh man threw himself into the fray to wrestle with the ill lieutenant’s face.

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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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unspecified meaning
  • All they ever really saw of the soldier in white was a frayed black hole over his mouth.
  • He had lost a few inches and added some weight, but Yossarian remembered him instantly by the two stiff anus and the two stiff, thick, useless legs all drawn upward into the air almost perpendicularly by the taut ropes and the long lead weights suspended from pulleys over him and by the frayed black hole in the bandages over his mouth.

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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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