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fray
as in:  into the fray


I’m hesitant to join the fray.
  a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation
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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
  • He paws fiercely, rejoicing in his strength, and charges into the fray.
    Job 39:21 (NIV)
  • not in the fury of any mortal fray, but in an elemental strife at sea.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • Jason didn’t really understand, but he nodded, and Will and Nico dashed off into the fray.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The Mask removes himself from the fray, rubbing his jaw.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Thomas carefully got into position and followed suit, shooting into the fray of dancing electricity that now crackled on the far side of the doors.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • ; NO TO SUFFRAGE; KEEP THE FAIRER SEX ABOVE THE FRAY!
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I couldn’t imagine having to discuss the divorce with Rand and Marybeth, as they certainly would insert themselves into the fray.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He willingly ran out into the fray for me, for all of us.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One

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  • The officer motioned to two other guards, and they followed him as he ran toward the fray.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • The man had charged forward and leaped into the fray, taking down half the people trying to get to Mark.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Meanwhile Angeline picked herself up and joined the fray.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Her frown deepened when she discovered the Captain of the Guard smirking as they walked into the fray of the readying company.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Two of them took him down and another two jumped into the fray.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • As they took a step toward the fray, he bumbled absentmindedly into their way, hand lightly resting on his dirk.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A gang of kids, little thieves in training, flutters through the fray with sticky, searching fingers.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • She waded into the fray and whacked Mr. Klaus over the head with Mary Ann.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • The medical staff tried to help the wounded get back into the fray.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Hans Hubermann entered the fray.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The guards lift me up above the fray, where I continue to thrash as I’m conveyed over the crush of people.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Aouda had escaped unharmed, and Fix alone bore marks of the fray in his black and blue bruise.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • With much much more dismay I view the fight than thou that mak’st the fray.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • He hurtled into the fray, snatching up a sun dragon in each claw.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Without them I wouldn’t be able to jump back into the fray with my usual composure.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Then Beorn stooped and lifted Thorin, who had fallen pierced with spears, and bore him out of the fray.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The dogs dashed forward to join the fray, whatever it was; and not long were we in doubt.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • A globule of indigo fire struck the ground in the midst of the fray, bursting into a fountain of molten drops that dissipated like sun-warmed dew.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Breaking free of the crowd, he veered toward Lance when all at once a girl stepped forward into the fray.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Will they forge you the sword of your deliverance, will they marshal you the army and lead it to the fray?
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • And they imagined that they were singing to fellow officers fresh from the fray.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • A good Roman should be in the fray, gutting his enemy with spear and sword like a civilized man!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • ’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.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • As usual, he took the point position himself, determined to be the first into the fray if, as he fervently hoped, a fray developed.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • A steady, though deliberate return was made from the rifle of Chingachgook, who had maintained his post throughout the fray with unmoved resolution.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Sammy cursed for a while, or left the house, or threw himself into the fray.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Signior Hortensio, come you to part the fray?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • We only love the fray so long as there is danger, and in any case, the combatants of the first hour have alone the right to be the exterminators of the last.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As he raced up the steps to the school, he was vaguely aware of two other patrol officers bucking the chief’s commands and joining him in the fray.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • This time, I shall enter the fray myself, Harry Potter, and I shall find you, and I shall punish every last man, woman, and child who has tried to conceal you from me.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Eragon followed the fray with breathless anticipation, awed by the ants’ bravery and how they continued to fight in spite of injuries that would incapacitate a human.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • In a house that was hard by the tree, they found sixteen or seventeen Indians, who had been concerned in the fray, two or three of them being wounded, were not gone to sleep: this house they set on fire first, and in a few minutes after, five or six places more in the town appeared in flames.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Across the room Harry saw Tonks fall from halfway up the stone steps, her limp form toppling from stone seat to stone seat and Bellatrix, triumphant, running back towards the fray.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • By half-past two they were all ready for the fray.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • His guards had gone to join in the fray.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • While John masters the fierce intimacies of a freshman dorm, Zayd seems to stand above the fray.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The encamisados were all timid folk and unarmed, so they speedily made their escape from the fray and set off at a run across the plain with their lighted torches, looking exactly like maskers running on some gala or festival night.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Many a time my husband stood aside unable to face the fray: if I had not reproached him his distaste of the whole procedure would have led him to starvation.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • JOCASTA Tell me first how rose the fray.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Here then Strife and Uproar joined the fray, and ghastly Fate, that kept a man with wounds alive, and one unwounded, and another dragged by the heels through battle-din in death.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
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