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English definition of “fray around/at the edges”

fray around/at the edges

to start to become less effective or successful: Without the unifying forces of the army and the monarchy, it seems, the nation would begin to fray at the edges.Failing and doing badly
(Definition of fray around/at the edges from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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