fray Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"fray" in British English

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uk   us   /freɪ/

fray verb (CLOTH)

[I or T] to ​become or to ​cause the ​threads in ​cloth or ​rope to ​becomeslightlyseparated, ​formingloosethreads at the ​edge or end: Denim frays so ​easily. I frayed the ​edges of my ​jeans since that was the ​fashion in those ​days.

fray verb (BECOME ANNOYED)

[I] If ​yourtemper frays or ​yournerves fray, you ​graduallybecomeupset or ​annoyed: Tempers frayed as thousands of ​driversbegan the ​Christmasholiday with ​longwaits in ​trafficjams.

fraynoun [S]

uk   us   /freɪ/
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 ​fightinglooks set to ​continue. A good ​holiday should ​leave you ​feelingrefreshed and ready for the fray (= ​ready to ​work) again.
(Definition of fray from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fray" in American English

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frayverb [I/T]

 us   /freɪ/

fray verb [I/T] (LOOSEN)

to ​become or to ​cause the ​threads in ​cloth or ​rope to ​becomeslightly 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 ​becomingnervous) from the ​constantnoise around here.

fraynoun [U]

 us   /freɪ/

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 ​organizationscompeteforcefully: A third ​buyer has ​entered the fray.
(Definition of fray from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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