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frayed
as in:  frayed cloth


The cuffs were frayed from so many washings.
  showing wear with threads beginning to separate and hang loose
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  • The cuffs were frayed from so many washings.
  • I’m not trusting my life to that frayed rope!
  • She likes frayed jeans.
  • He wore shabby black clothes, with holes at the elbows of his coat and frayed trousers.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage

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  • "It is very pretty, madam," said he, gravely examining it; "but I do not think it will wash well; I am afraid it will fray."
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Her jeans are fraying at the hem and have a safety pin through the fly where they’re missing a button.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • She’s inspecting the fraying border of one of her dish towels.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • This hat was patched and frayed and extremely dirty.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • I am a flag fraying against the sky.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Already frayed on the cushion, wobbly in the struts, its wooden legs scratched, no one except Grandma ever sat in it.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven

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  • my suitors, now that King Odysseus is no more,
    go slowly, keen as you are to marry me, until
    I can finish off this web .
    so my weaving won’t all fray and come to nothing.
    This is a shroud for old lord Laertes, for that day
    when the deadly fate that lays us out at last will take him down.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • That night she and her father wind up the twisting staircase and go to bed side by side on the same lumpy bed in the same sixth-floor bedroom with the fraying silk wallpaper.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • She has read Around the World in Eighty Days until the Braille is soft and fraying; for this year’s birthday, her father has bought her an even fatter book: Dumas’s The Three Musketeers.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Three frayed electrical leads sprout from the top.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • ...and gave him a staff and beggar’s sack,
    torn and tattered, slung from a fraying rope.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • he flung his beggar’s sack across his shoulders—
    torn and tattered, slung from a fraying rope.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He threw his beggar’s sack across his shoulders—
    torn and tattered, slung from a fraying rope—
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • my suitors, now that King Odysseus is no more,
    go slowly, keen as you are to marry me, until
    I can finish off this web .
    so my weaving won’t all fray and come to nothing.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • my suitors, now that King Odysseus is no more,
    go slowly, keen as you are to marry me, until
    I can finish off this web .
    so my weaving won’t all fray and come to nothing.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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