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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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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