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fray

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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ldoce_125_afrayfray1 /freΙͺ/ verb [intransitive, transitive] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 DCCDHif cloth or other material frays, or if something frays it, the threads become loose because the material is old πŸ”Š The collar had started to fray on Ed’s coat. πŸ”Š He had frayed the bottom of his jeans.2 ldoce_125.png CONTROLif someone’s temper or nerves fray, or if something frays them, they become annoyed πŸ”Š Tempers soon began to fray. β€”frayed adjective πŸ”Š The carpet was badly frayed.
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Examples from the Corpus
frayβ€’ It was only three o'clock and tempers were already beginning to fray.β€’ Alyssia felt her temper begin to fray.β€’ They cut a zig-zag edge to prevent fraying.β€’ With basic needs in increasingly short supply, the social fabric of Cairo is showing signs of fraying.β€’ Anyone working with Mr Gates must take decisions on the spot; studies and committees fray the billionaire's patience.Tempers ... frayβ€’ We had been waiting an hour, the temperature rising, tempers fraying.β€’ It was on the second day that tempers, already frayed, finally ripped.β€’ With tempers fraying, it was decided to return to the question today.
frayfray2 noun πŸ”Š πŸ”Š β†’ the fray
Examples from the Corpus
frayβ€’ The banquet recommenced but the fray had dampened and soured the atmosphere.β€’ Thousands of ordinary people were forced into the fray.β€’ Then King jumped into the fray and tried to persuade Republicans to replace Gingrich with Rep.β€’ Finally, Yusuf led into the fray his own Black Guards, consisting of 4000 men.β€’ Luckily, the boys heard the scuffle and ran out to throw themselves into the fray.β€’ Kazanow grins sheepishly at the cheers before rejoining the fray below, the easy warmth between band and benefactor plainly apparent.β€’ He is shaken, and resolves to return to the fray.
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Verb table
fray
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyfray
he, she, itfrays
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyfrayed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave frayed
he, she, ithas frayed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad frayed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill fray
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have frayed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam fraying
he, she, itis fraying
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you, we, theyare fraying
Past
I, he, she, itwas fraying
you, we, theywere fraying
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been fraying
he, she, ithas been fraying
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been fraying
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be fraying
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been fraying
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