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Fray vs. Affray

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Frayverb

(ambitransitive) To (cause 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.’;

Affrayverb

To startle from quiet; to alarm.

Frayverb

To cause exhaustion, wear out (a person's mental strength).

‘The hectic day ended in frayed nerves. (Metaphorical use; nerves are visualised as strings)’;

Affrayverb

To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.

Frayverb

frighten; alarm

Affraynoun

The act of suddenly disturbing anyone; an assault or attack.

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Frayverb

(transitive) To bear the expense of; to defray.

Affraynoun

A tumultuous assault or quarrel.

Frayverb

(intransitive) To rub.

Affraynoun

The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others.

‘The affray in the busy marketplace caused great terror and disorder.’;

Fraynoun

A fight or argument

‘Though they did not know the reason for the dispute, they did not hesitate to leap into the fray.’;

Affraynoun

(obsolete) Terror.

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Fraynoun

(archaic) Fright.

Affrayverb

To startle from quiet; to alarm.

‘Smale foules a great heapThat had afrayed [affrayed] me out of my sleep.’;

Fraynoun

An angry quarrel; an affray; contest; combat; broil.

‘Who began this bloody fray?’;

Affrayverb

To frighten; to scare; to frighten away.

‘That voice doth us affray.’;

Fraynoun

A fret or chafe, as in cloth; a place injured by rubbing.

Affraynoun

The act of suddenly disturbing any one; an assault or attack.

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Frayverb

To frighten; to terrify; to alarm.

‘What frays ye, that were wont to comfort me affrayed?’;

Affraynoun

Alarm; terror; fright.

Frayverb

To bear the expense of; to defray.

‘The charge of my most curious and costly ingredients frayed, I shall acknowledge myself amply satisfied.’;

Affraynoun

A tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl; a fray.

Frayverb

To rub; to wear off, or wear into shreds, by rubbing; to fret, as cloth; as, a deer is said to fray her head.

Affraynoun

The fighting of two or more persons, in a public place, to the terror of others.

Frayverb

To rub.

‘We can show the marks he madeWhen 'gainst the oak his antlers frayed.’;

Affraynoun

noisy quarrel

Frayverb

To wear out or into shreads, or to suffer injury by rubbing, as when the threads of the warp or of the woof wear off so that the cross threads are loose; to ravel; as, the cloth frays badly.

‘A suit of frayed magnificience.’;

Affraynoun

a noisy fight

Fraynoun

a noisy fight

Affray

In many legal jurisdictions related to English common law, affray is a public order offence consisting of the fighting of one or more persons in a public place to the terror (in French: à l'effroi) of ordinary people. Depending on their actions, and the laws of the prevailing jurisdiction, those engaged in an affray may also render themselves liable to prosecution for assault, unlawful assembly, or riot; if so, it is for one of these offences that they are usually charged.

Frayverb

wear away by rubbing;

‘The friction frayed the sleeve’;

Frayverb

cause friction;

‘my sweater scratches’;

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