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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 ?
The Sheep eating the acorns inadvertently frayed and tore the cloak.
Then he carefully scrutinized the broken and frayed end where it had snapped off when the burglar had dragged it down.
Then I lashed her in her chair, and frayed out the end of the rope to make it look natural, else they would wonder how in the world a burglar could have got up there to cut it.
It was frayed at the sleeves and little holes had appeared at the knees and elbows.
He wore shabby black clothes, with holes at the elbows of his coat and frayed trousers.
I judged him to be a bachelor from the frayed condition of his linen, and he appeared to have sustained a good many bereavements; for, he wore at least four mourning rings, besides a brooch representing a lady and a weeping willow at a tomb with an urn on it.
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.