Fray

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Noun

Fray (plural Frays)
  1. Affray; broil; contest; combat; brawl; melee.
    Though they did not know the reason for the dispute, they did not hesitate to leap into the fray.
    • 2010 Mark Vesty Wigan 2 - 2 Arsenal
    Wigan, unbeaten in five games at the DW Stadium, looked well in control but the catalyst for Arsenal's improvement finally came when Diaby left the field with a calf injury and Jack Wilshere came into the fray, bringing some much needed determination and urgency to lacklustre Arsenal.

Verb

Fray (third-person singular simple present Frays, present participle Fraying, simple past and past participle Frayed)

  1. (intransitive) To unravel; used particularly for the edge of something made of cloth, or the end of a rope.
    The ribbon frayed at the cut end.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To cause exhaustion, wear out (a person's mental strength).
    The stressful day ended in frayed nerves. (Metaphorical use; nerves are visualised as strings)

Adjectives for Fray

deadly; fair; bloody; lawless; late; obstinate; youthful; horrid; clamorous; devilish; holy; mimic; thundering; insidious; nefarious.

Verbs for Fray

charge into—; clash in—; commence—; crush in—; curb—; describe—; indulge in —; inquire into—; instigate—; interrupt—; involve in—; occasion—; plunge into—; raise—; referee—; —boils; —disperses; — frightens; —irritates; —unnerves; —disturbs.

Thesaurus

ablate, abrade, abrase, abrasion, action, aerial combat, affray, altercation, armored combat, bark, battle, battle royal, blemish, bloody, brawl, break, broil, brush, bullfight, burn, chafe, check, chip, clash, clash of arms, claw, cockfight, combat, concussion, conflict, contention, crack, crackle, craze, cut, discord, dispute, dissension, disturbance, dogfight, donnybrook, embroilment, erase, erode, exchange of blows, fight, file, fire fight, flash burn, fracas, fracture, frazzle, fret, gall, gash, gnaw, gnaw away, grate, graze, grind, ground combat, hand-to-hand combat, hand-to-hand fight, house-to-house combat, hurt, incise, incision, injure, injury, lacerate, laceration, lesion, maim, make mincemeat of, maul, melee, mortal wound, mutilate, mutilation, naval combat, passage of arms, pierce, pitched battle, puncture, quarrel, rasp, ravel, raze, rend, rent, rip, row, rub, rub away, rub off, rub out, ruckus, ruction, rumble, rumpus, run, running fight, rupture, savage, scald, scorch, scotch, scour, scramble, scrape, scratch, scrimmage, scrub, scuff, scuffle, second-degree burn, shoving match, shred, skin, skirmish, slash, slit, sore, sprain, stab, stab wound, stand-up fight, stick, strain, street fight, strife, struggle, tatter, tauromachy, tear, third-degree burn, trauma, traumatize, tug-of-war, tussle, unravel, wear, wear away, wear down, wear off, wear out, wear ragged, wear thin, weather, wound, wounds immedicable, wrangle, wrench

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Etymology 1

Etymology 2

From Old French frayer < Latin fricō.

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Spanish

Etymology

Apocope of fraile (friar).

Noun

Fray m. (plural Frays)

  1. friar

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