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"fray" in British English

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frayverb

uk   us   /freɪ/

fraynoun [S]

uk   us   /freɪ/
(Definition of fray from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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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