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1  —as in:
frayed cloth
Definition showing wear with threads beginning to separate or hang loose
  • The cuffs were frayed from so many washings.
frayed = showing wear with threads beginning to separate or hang loose
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I'm not trusting my life to that frayed rope!
  • frayed = showing wear
  • 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
  • "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
  • Sickened and starving, his will a fraying wire, Louie had only the faint hope of the war's end, and rescue, to keep him going.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • fraying = coming unraveled
  • The next morning I met Dinitia in front of the pool entrance, my thrift-shop one-piece rolled inside my frayed gray towel.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • frayed = showing wear with threads beginning to separate or hang loose
  • The dishes were chipped and the blankets frayed and no amount of beating could remove their musty smell.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • frayed = showing wear with threads beginning to separate or hang loose
  • There was nothing in the room, just a frayed rug, a few dishes, a pair of mattresses, and a lantern.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • frayed = showing wear with threads beginning to separate or hang loose
  • As she pulled on her red jacket and tied the frayed and knotted laces of her shoes, she thought about it.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
frayed = showing wear with threads beginning to separate or hang loose

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2  —as in:
frayed nerves
Definition emotionally strained (worn thin)
  • The constant pressure has frayed her nerves.
frayed = emotionally strained
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • My nerves are beginning to fray.
  • fray = become emotionally strained
  • He looked like he was fraying at the edges.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • fraying = becoming emotionally strained
  • Every morning it's the same: the Americans ever closer, the Germans fraying at the seams.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • That was before we knew about the fraying wires in his skull.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • "You've got until sunrise," said Magnus, temper visibly fraying.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • fraying = becoming emotionally strained
  • Your patience would fray, you'd soon head for home ....
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • fray = to strain emotionally, or to become emotionally strained
  • His nerves are frayed.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • frayed = emotionally strained
  • I tried to stay calm, but the way he spat the word out—Blue—rankled my already frayed nerves.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • His voice trailed off, but I picked up the frayed ends of his thought all the same—how could I not?
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds

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3  —as in:
into the fray
Definition a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation that usually is not well organized
  • I'm hesitant to join the political fray.
fray = fight or struggle
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The special forces operation put the US back into the political fray in the Middle East.
  • fray = fight or struggle
  • 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
  • Benvolio, who began this bloody fray?
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • fray = fight
  • 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
  • the fray = fight or struggle
  • Jason didn't really understand, but he nodded, and Will and Nico dashed off into the fray.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • the fray = a noisy fight or other exciting situation
  • Where are the vile beginners of this fray?
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • fray = fight
  • Right glad I am he was not at this fray.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
fray = fight

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