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frayed
used in Catch-22

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into the fray
Definition
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation that usually is not well organized
  • '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.
    Chapter 39 — The Eternal City (51% in)

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  • All they ever really saw of the soldier in white was a frayed black hole over his mouth.
    Chapter 1 — The Texan (39% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 34 — Thanksgiving (76% in)

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