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fray

verb [I/T]  /freɪ/ us  

fray verb [I/T] (LOOSEN)

to become or to cause the threads in cloth or rope to become slightly separated and loose at the edge or end: [I] All his shirts are fraying at the collar. [I] fig. My nerves are getting frayed (= I am becoming nervous) from the constant noise around here.

fray

noun [U]  /freɪ/ us  

fray noun [U] (FIGHT)

a fight or argument, esp. one in which several people take part A fray is also a situation in which people or organizations compete forcefully: A third buyer has entered the fray.
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