One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Have a quarrel or disagreement.
argue, quarrel, squabble, bicker, have a fight, have a row, fight, fall out, disagree, fail to agree, differ, be at odds, have a misunderstanding, be at variance, have words, dispute, spar, wrangle, bandy words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheadsView synonyms
- ‘Joseph and his brethren got together fratching, and they put him in a pit.’
- ‘Mr. Godfrey and father can talk together for hours without fratching.’
- ‘But let them fratch on.’
- ‘We've fratched, but I reckon I've had a queerish sort of liking for ye all along.’
- ‘I hope you haven't fratched already.’
Early 18th century: probably imitative.
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