adjective 1. (of fabrics or clothing) unravelling at the edges from damage or wear ⇒ He wore frayed jeans and cowboy shirts. 2. (of temper, nerves, patience, etc) under great strain ⇒ Nerves became severely frayed when air traffic problems delayed the flight., ⇒ Tempers had become frayed because the men had been working more than 20 hours without a break.
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