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fray

verb uk   /freɪ/ us  

fray verb (CLOTH)

[I or T] to become or to cause the threads in cloth or rope to become slightly separated, forming loose threads at the edge or end: Denim frays so easily. I'd frayed the edges of my jeans as that was the fashion in those days.

fray verb (BECOME ANNOYED)

[I] If your temper frays or your nerves fray, you gradually become upset or annoyed: Tempers frayed as thousands of motorists began the Christmas holiday with long waits in traffic jams.

fray

noun [S] uk   /freɪ/ us  
the fray an energetic and often not well organized effort, activity, fight, or disagreement: With a third country about to enter (= take part in) the fray, the fighting looks set to continue. A good holiday should leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the fray (= ready to work) again.
(Definition of fray from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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