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 Train tickets materialized to St. Petersburg, where other volunteers bought a suitcase to replace their fraying bags. Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2022 Jacobs-Jenkins also sharpens his barbs again with the appearance of a delightful poser, Rashaad (Pearson again), but the script shows some fraying as the playwright tries to stitch together fragments that don’t quite fit. Terry Byrne,, 17 June 2022 This is just the latest high-profile incident regarding the fraying relationship between delivery apps and restaurants. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 19 May 2022 On her step-sister’s birthday, Nina must confront her insecurities and her fraying relationship with her father. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 19 Apr. 2022 The edges are reinforced with a durable border that helps the Laguna Beach towel maintain its quality without fraying, even after multiple washes. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Apr. 2022 The edges are serged for durability and to prevent fraying. Terri Huggins Hart, Woman's Day, 15 Apr. 2022 The threats come amid the fraying of nuclear arms control agreements between the two nuclear superpowers that had stabilized strategic relations for decades. Miles A. Pomper, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 In various initiatives to reverse the trends, authorities in one state after another are citing factors from the rise in anxiety levels and pandemic drinking to the fraying of social norms. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fraying

1637, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2022

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“Fraying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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