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English definition of “fray around/at the edges”

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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.
Translations of “fray around/at the edges”
in Chinese (Traditional) 分崩離析, 開始失效, 開始走向失敗…
in Chinese (Simplified) 分崩离析, 开始失效, 开始走向失败…
(Definition of fray around/at the edges from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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