One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the shirt had frayed cuffs’
unravelling, unravelled, worn, well worn, threadbare, tattered, ragged, holey, moth-eaten, shabby
torn, ripped, split
worn out, worn through, worn thin, in holes, in tatters, falling to pieces, the worse for wear
informal tatty, ratty
North American informal raggedy
2‘his frayed nerves couldn't take much more’
strained, taxed, overtaxed, irritated, edgy, tense, stressed, fraught
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