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fray 1

 (frā)
n.
1. A fight; a brawl. See Synonyms at brawl.
2. A heated dispute or intensely competitive situation: "Minneapolis became the latest battleground in the fray over bio-engineering as hundreds of protesters took to the streets" (Todd Wilkinson).
3. A military engagement; a battle.
tr.v. frayed, fray·ing, frays Archaic
1. To alarm; frighten.
2. To drive away.

[Middle English frai, shortening of affrai; see affray.]

fray 2

 (frā)
v. frayed, fray·ing, frays
v.tr.
1. To strain; chafe: repeated noises that fray the nerves.
2. To wear away (the edges of fabric, for example) by rubbing.
v.intr.
To become worn away or tattered along the edges.
n.
A frayed or threadbare spot, as on fabric.

[Middle English fraien, to wear, bruise, from Old French fraier, to rub, from Latin fricāre.]

frayed

(freɪd)
adj
1. (of fabrics or clothing) unravelling at the edges from damage or wear
2. (of temper, nerves, patience, etc) under great strain
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.frayed - worn away or tattered along the edges; "frayed cuffs"
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"

frayed

adjective
1. worn, ragged, worn out, tattered, threadbare, worn thin, out at elbows a shapeless and frayed jumper
2. strained, stressed, tense, edgy, uptight (informal), frazzled Nerves are frayed all round.
Translations

frayed

[freɪd] ADJ
1. [cloth, garment, cuff,] → deshilachado, raído; [rope] → desgastado
2. [nerves] → crispado
tempers were getting frayedlos ánimos se estaban caldeando, la gente estaba perdiendo la paciencia
3. [person] (= strained) → tenso
he's beginning to look a bit frayed around the edges (fig) → ya se le empiezan a notar los años

frayed

[ˈfreɪd] adj
(because of irritation) to be frayed
Tempers were frayed → L'exaspération gagnait.
to become frayed
Nerves became frayed → L'exaspération gagnait.
(because of stress)
Her nerves were frayed → Elle était à bout de nerfs.

frayed

adj jeans etcausgefranst; (fig)gereizt, angespannt; my nerves are quite frayedich bin mit den Nerven runter or am Ende (inf); tempers were frayeddie Gemüter waren erhitzt; I’m a bit frayed at or around the edges (inf)ich bin ziemlich mit den Nerven runter (inf)

frayed

[freɪd] adjsdrucito/a, logoro/a
References in classic literature ?
It was frayed at the sleeves and little holes had appeared at the knees and elbows.
Thorndike had put even royalty-- frayed, impecunious royalty, on the lookout for a loan--at its ease.
But the object that most drew my attention to the mysterious package was a certain affair of fine red cloth, much worn and faded, There were traces about it of gold embroidery, which, however, was greatly frayed and defaced, so that none, or very little, of the glitter was left.
Lashed round and round to the fish's back; pinioned in the turns upon turns in which, during the past night, the whale had reeled the involutions of the lines around him, the half torn body of the Parsee was seen; his sable raiment frayed to shreds; his distended eyes turned full upon old Ahab.
Gradually, these strings of ragged people shortened and frayed away; and then poor lights began to shine in high windows, and slender fires were made in the streets, at which neighbours cooked in common, afterwards supping at their doors.
What else was it possible to infer from what you said, you unkind creature, when you know as well as I do, that on his account only last quarter I wouldn't buy myself a new parasol, though that old green one is frayed the whole way up, and the fringe is perfectly mangy?
It was a little past mid-day when the fourhorse stage-coach by which I was a passenger, got into the ravel of traffic frayed out about the Cross Keys, Wood-street, Cheapside, London.
So saying, he again bent his bow, but on the present occasion looked with attention to his weapon, and changed the string, which he thought was no longer truly round, having been a little frayed by the two former shots.
At every jump too, Hands appeared still more to sink into himself and settle down upon the deck, his feet sliding ever the farther out, and the whole body canting towards the stern, so that his face became, little by little, hid from me; and at last I could see nothing beyond his ear and the frayed ringlet of one whisker.
It is reached by manholes where it runs under the streets and in little switching-boxes placed at intervals it is frayed out into separate pairs of wires that blossom at length into telephones.
Three months after the du Bousquier marriage society remarked, not without astonishment, that the linen of the chevalier was frayed and rusty, that his hair was irregularly combed and brushed.
I saw something like them in Hampton Court, but they were worn and frayed and moth-eaten.