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fray

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a forceful effort to reach a goal or objective
  • another generation of scientists entered the fray to find a cure for AIDS

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2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups
  • a troubled youth always getting into frays at school

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3 a rough and often noisy fight usually involving several people
  • school officials broke up the fray and gave all guilty parties detention

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fray

verb

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to damage or diminish by continued friction
  • constant rubbing against the rock face has badly frayed our climbing rope

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The first known use of fray was in the 14th century

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“Fray.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fray. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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