One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘cheap fabric soon frays’
unravel, wear, wear thin, wear out, wear away, wear through, become worn, become threadbare, become tattered, become ragged, go into holes, go through
2‘despite the situation, remarkably few nerves were frayed’
strain, tax, overtax, irritate, put on edge, make edgy, make tense
1‘the swordsman launched himself into the fray’
battle, engagement, conflict, armed conflict, fight, clash, skirmish, altercation, tussle, struggle, scuffle, melee, brawl, riot, commotion, disturbance
informal scrap, dust-up, set-to, free-for-all
British informal punch-up, bust-up, ruck
British informal afters
Scottish informal rammy, swedge
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