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Definition of "fray" []

  • A scuffle; a brawl. See Synonyms at brawl. (noun)
  • A heated dispute or contest. (noun)
  • Archaic To alarm; frighten. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To drive away. (verb-transitive)
  • To strain; chafe: repeated noises that fray the nerves. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fray" in a sentence
  • "Real Madrid also got back into the title fray, beating Valencia 2-0 after Barcelona could only draw 0-0 with Espanyol."
  • "It's great for small kitchen wares, but hidden away in the fray is Mercado Senora, or the "witches market.""
  • "One of the most prominent voices to jump into the fray is popular right-wing radio host and author Mark Levin, who went on Facebook yesterday and ripped Beck:"