Meaning of “fray” in the English Dictionary

"fray" in British English

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uk /freɪ/ us /freɪ/

fraynoun [ S ]

uk /freɪ/ us /freɪ/

(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 become slightly 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 becoming nervous) from the constant noise 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 organizations compete forcefully:

A third buyer has entered the fray.

(Definition of “fray” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)