fraying

noun
fray·​ing | \ ˈfrā-iŋ How to pronounce fraying (audio) \

Definition of fraying

: something rubbed or worn off by fraying

Examples of fraying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The edges are reinforced to withstand frequent use without fraying, and the cotton fabric is a medium-density 630 GSM (grams per square meter). Popular Science, "Best beach towels for the whole family," 23 June 2020 But with the virus crisis worsening, and his own shaky alliance fraying, Gantz made an about-face late last month and accepted an offer from Netanyahu to pursue a joint government to deal with the pandemic. Time, "Coalition Deal Keeps Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Power," 20 Apr. 2020 But with the virus crisis worsening, and his own shaky alliance fraying, Gantz made an about-face late last month and accepted an offer from Netanyahu to pursue a joint government to deal with the pandemic. Tia Goldenberg, USA TODAY, "Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, rival Gantz agree to form 'emergency' government," 20 Apr. 2020 But with the virus crisis worsening, and his own shaky alliance fraying, Gantz made an about-face late last month and accepted an offer from Netanyahu to pursue a joint government to deal with the pandemic. Time, "Coalition Deal Keeps Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Power," 20 Apr. 2020 That explains one use for journals in nerve-fraying times: mood regulation—or, as a non-psychologist might put it, venting. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Dear Diary, the World Is Burning," 10 Apr. 2020 But at her orchestra rehearsals, the fraying threads were impossible to miss. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, "Doctor, Refugee. Violinist, Refugee. Model, Refugee.," 28 Mar. 2020 But with the virus crisis worsening, and his own shaky alliance fraying, Mr. Gantz made an about-face late last month and accepted an offer from Mr. Netanyahu to pursue a joint government to deal with the pandemic. Tia Goldenberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "Netanyahu to lead Israel's 'national emergency' government," 21 Apr. 2020 But with the virus crisis worsening, and his own shaky alliance fraying, Gantz made an about-face late last month and accepted an offer from Netanyahu to pursue a joint government to deal with the pandemic. Tia Goldenberg, USA TODAY, "Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, rival Gantz agree to form 'emergency' government," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fraying

1637, in the meaning defined above

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“Fraying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fraying. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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