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frayed
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Harry Potter (#3) and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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as in: into the fray Define
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation
  • Crookshanks had joined the fray; both sets of front claws had sunk themselves deep into Harry’s arm; Harry threw him off, but Crookshanks now darted toward Harry’s wand — "NO YOU DON’T!" roared Harry, and he aimed a kick at Crookshanks that made the cat leap aside, spitting; Harry snatched up his wand and turned "Get out of the way!" he shouted at Ron and Hermione.

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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
  • He dresses like our old houseelf " But no one else cared that Professor Lupin’s robes were patched and frayed.

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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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