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fray (plural frays)
- Affray; broil; contest; combat; brawl; melee.
- Though they did not know the reason for the dispute, they did not hesitate to leap into the fray.
- Who began this bloody fray?
2010 December 29, Mark Vesty, “Wigan 2 - 2 Arsenal”, in BBC:
- Wigan, unbeaten in five games at the DW Stadium, looked well in control but the catalyst for Arsenal's improvement finally came when Diaby left the field with a calf injury and Jack Wilshere came into the fray, bringing some much needed determination and urgency to lacklustre Arsenal.
- (archaic) fright
Affray; broil; contest; combat; brawl; melee
- (intransitive) To unravel; used particularly for the edge of something made of cloth, or the end of a rope.
- The ribbon frayed at the cut end.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To cause exhaustion, wear out (a person's mental strength).
- The hectic day ended in frayed nerves. (Metaphorical use; nerves are visualised as strings)
- (transitive, archaic) frighten; alarm
- And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away.
- 1662, Henry More, An Antidote Against Atheism, Book II, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 63:
- "Besides, all the wit and Philosophy in the world can never demonstrate, that the killing and slaughtering of a Beast is anymore then the striking of a Bush where a Bird's Nest is, where you fray away the Bird, and then seize upon the empty Nest."
- What frays ye, that were wont to comfort me affrayed?
- (Can we find and add a quotation of I. Taylor to this entry?)
- (transitive) To bear the expense of; to defray.
- The charge of my most curious and costly ingredients frayed, I shall acknowledge myself amply satisfied.
- (intransitive) To rub.
- Sir Walter Scott
- We can show the marks he made / When 'gainst the oak his antlers frayed.
- Sir Walter Scott
to cause exhaustion to a person's mental strength
to bear the expense of
fray m (plural frayes)