frayed nerves soothe as you stop glossing over thoughts giving rise to anxiety.
Under the table, I could see that his combat boots were actually black sneakers, frayed at the seams.
As with any family, there are frayed threads in the tapestry.
Family—imperfect, frustrating, beautiful family—whose bonds last when other ties have frayed.
A frayed, foreshortened square of cloth is produced, a remnant of some great emotion.
It is one of the tragedies of language that the great phrases get frayed out with constant use.
If the first is unworn and the second is frayed and threadbare, pray for him.
The very shirt that Nan had washed and ironed for him, had had to have the frayed ends trimmed away from the wrist-bands.
He was always the gentleman—no matter how frayed his clothing.
Three or four were hanging over the gas-jet, close to the window; they were all dark blues or grays, and most of them frayed.
mid-14c., "feeling of alarm," shortening of affray (q.v.; see also afraid). Meaning "a brawl, a fight" is from early 15c. (but late 14c. in Anglo-Latin). Fraymaker "fighter, brawler" is an excellent word from a 1530s statute.
"wear out by rubbing," c.1400, from Middle French frayer "to rub against," from Old French froiier "rub, scrape," from Latin fricare "to rub, rub down" (see friction). Related: Frayed; fraying.