Definition of 'fray'
Example sentences containing 'fray'
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And nobody in their right mind will swallow the notion that judges are above the political fray. The Sun (2017)Sport entered the fray as work. Times, Sunday Times (2017)A new site has joined the fray. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Everyone who is involved in the experiment takes it incredibly seriously; there are numerous setbacks and tempers fray. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I suggest an atmospheric pub, in case tempers fray. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Because tempers are already frayed, you're reluctant to confront others on their excesses. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Meanwhile, scholars of language entered the Twitter fray. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Jacket in An old favourite gets a makeover this season with boxy shapes, embellishment and frayed edges. The Sun (2017)So is there a third generation ready to join the fray? Times, Sunday Times (2012)There is no need to allow for side hems as the stiffened fabric will not fray. Collins Complete Books of Soft Furnishings (1993)By remaining above the political fray they are seen to retain their reputations and independence. Times, Sunday Times (2011)When they were voted off tempers frayed and there was a lot of shouting at each other. The Sun (2011)Denim shorts and skirts with frayed edges give an authentic feel. The Sun (2012)Problems began almost as soon as he entered the international fray four years ago. Times, Sunday Times (2014)When tempers are frayed or feelings hurt you need to spell out that you are apologising. The Sun (2010)Carefully trim away any frayed edges from around the hole. Collins Complete Books of Soft Furnishings (1993)The result was gridlock and frayed tempers. Times, Sunday Times (2010)But is discipline beginning to fray at the edges? Times, Sunday Times (2015)Already there are intimations that the bucket by which she lowers herself into the well is tied to a frayed rope. Times, Sunday Times (2012)In January she explained that she was steering clear of the political fray. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Soldiers also joined the fray, patrolling the streets in armoured cars with machineguns. Times, Sunday Times (2011)For example, the hall carpet is frayed in places and the lounge carpet is a bit faded. The Sun (2013)All a far cry from the frayed carpets, cashier screens and lunchtime queues we are used to. Times, Sunday Times (2011)A third man entered the fray and also ended up on the floor. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But overdo it and you may end up with frayed nerves, a short attention span and the jitters. The Sun (2006)The winger returned to the fray after two months out with a damaged knee - but was sent off in ridiculous circumstances. The Sun (2010)The grey is a 25-1 outsider, but not one who enters the fray without hope. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Perhaps Burnell had that same crazed love - though less for nature itself than for nature where it became frayed round the edges. Somewhere East of Life (1994)A senior army general who has defected said that his forces were preparing to enter the fray en masse alongside the citizens' militia yesterday. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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Used Occasionally. fray is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'fray'
British English: fray VERB
If something such as cloth or rope frays, or if something frays it, its threads or fibres start to come apart from each other.
The fabric is very fine and frays easily.
Definition of fray from the Collins English Dictionary
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