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fratch

[frach] /frætʃ/ British Dialect
verb (used with object)
1.
to disagree; quarrel.
noun
2.
a quarrel; argument; dispute.
Origin of fratch
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English fracchen to creak, of uncertain origin
Related forms
fratcher, noun
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  • I mind I told him what he said over and over again about his fratch with that Garth.

  • He had just had a "fratch" with the Quaker preachers on the subject of election.

  • Dus'ta mind the fratch thoo telt me aboot atween Angus and auld Wilson?

British Dictionary definitions for fratch

fratch

/frætʃ/
noun
1.
(English, dialect) a quarrel
Derived Forms
fratchy, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from obsolete fratch to make a harsh noise; perhaps of imitative origin
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