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frayed
used in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Butler)

13 uses
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Definition
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation that usually is not well organized
  • Phorcys, again, and noble Ascanius led the Phrygians from the far country of Ascania, and both were eager for the fray.
    Book 2 (98% in)
  • Priam's son, great Hector of the gleaming helmet, commanded the Trojans, and with him were arrayed by far the greater number and most valiant of those who were longing for the fray.
    Book 2 (93% in)
  • You would not have then found Agamemnon asleep nor cowardly and unwilling to fight, but eager rather for the fray.
    Book 4 (41% in)
  • Fierce Mars, to help the Trojans, covered them in a veil of darkness, and went about everywhere among them, inasmuch as Phoebus Apollo had told him that when he saw Pallas, Minerva leave the fray he was to put courage into the hearts of the Trojans—for it was she who was helping the Danaans.
    Book 5 (57% in)
  • Meanwhile the Achaeans carried off the body of Tlepolemus, whereon Ulysses was moved to pity, and panted for the fray as he beheld them.
    Book 5 (75% in)
  • Let us go into the fray at once.
    Book 5 (80% in)
  • Tydeus was a little man, but he could fight, and rushed madly into the fray even when I told him not to do so.
    Book 5 (89% in)
  • WITH these words Hector passed through the gates, and his brother Alexandrus with him, both eager for the fray.
    Book 7 (2% in)
  • ...son of Peteos was dismayed when he saw them, for it was against his part of the wall that they came— bringing destruction with them; he looked along the wall for some chieftain to support his comrades and saw the two Ajaxes, men ever eager for the fray, and Teucer, who had just come from his tent, standing near them; but he could not make his voice heard by shouting to them, so great an uproar was there from crashing shields and helmets and the battering of gates with a din which...
    Book 12 (71% in)
  • I will go over yonder, and bear my part in the fray, but I will come back here at once as soon as I have given them the help they need.
    Book 12 (77% in)
  • Moreover I feel the lust of battle burn more fiercely within me, while my hands and my feet under me are more eager for the fray.
    Book 13 (10% in)
  • These last moreover would rest for a while and leave off fighting, for they were some distance apart and beyond the range of one another's weapons, whereas those who were in the thick of the fray suffered both from battle and darkness.
    Book 17 (49% in)
  • Ajax answered, "Menelaus, you have said well: do you, then, and Meriones stoop down, raise the body, and bear it out of the fray, while we two behind you keep off Hector and the Trojans, one in heart as in name, and long used to fighting side by side with one another."
    Book 17 (94% in)

There are no more uses of "fray" in The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Butler).

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