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English definition of “fray”

fray

verb [I/T] (LOOSEN)   /freɪ/
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.
(Definition of fray verb (LOOSEN) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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