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fray

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of fray

  1. 1 a forceful effort to reach a goal or objective <another generation of scientists entered the fray to find a cure for AIDS> Synonyms battle, fight, struggle, scrabble, throesRelated Words effort, exertion, labor, pains, trouble, work; drudgery, grind, sweat, toil, travail; combat, conflict, contest, strife, tussle, war, warfare; attempt, endeavor, essay, try

  2. 2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups <a troubled youth always getting into frays at school> Synonyms battle, clash, combat, conflict, contest, dustup, fracas, fight, hassle, scrap, scrimmage, scrum, scuffle, skirmish, struggle, tussleRelated Words pitched battle, rough-and-tumble; affray [chiefly British], battle royal, brawl, broil, donnybrook, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée), mix-up, ruckus, ruction; blows, fistfight, fisticuffs, grapple, handgrips, punch-out, punch-up [chiefly British], slugfest; confrontation, duel, face-off, joust; altercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argument, argy-bargy [chiefly British], contretemps, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, falling-out, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, row, spat, squabble, tangle, tiff, wrangle; catfightNear Antonyms truce

  3. 3 a rough and often noisy fight usually involving several people <school officials broke up the fray and gave all guilty parties detention> Synonyms affray [chiefly British], broil, donnybrook, fracas, brawl, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée), rough-and-tumble, row, ruckus, ructionRelated Words battle, clash, combat, conflict, contest, fisticuffs, handgrips, hassle, scrap, scrimmage, scuffle, skirmish, struggle, tussle; horseplay, roughhousing; altercation, argument, dispute, kickup, quarrel, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle




fray

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fray

  1. to damage or diminish by continued friction <constant rubbing against the rock face has badly frayed our climbing rope> Synonyms chafe, corrade, erode, abrade, frazzle, fret, gall, rasp, rub, wearRelated Words file, gnaw, grate, graze, grind, nibble, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, scrape, scuff, shave; erase, reduce, rub out, wear out, wipe (away); bite, break down, break up, chew, corrode, decompose, disintegrate, dissolve, eat; hone, sharpen, whet




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