To fret ourselves into a frazzle over it, is to accomplish less than nothing;—it is to enter upon the pathway to destruction.
"How some folks will wear a tune to a frazzle," was the disconcerting reply.
Well, an expert safe-buster rode Bill Talpers's iron treasure-chest to a frazzle the other night.
From school she went to college and worked herself to a frazzle.
He'll ketch the thief, for he's sartainly got Sherlock Holmes beat to a frazzle.
"Well, next time don't stay till you're worn to a frazzle," she said.
Mrs. Carroll 'n Miss Sydney—are they wore to a frazzle takin' care o' him?
But just wait till we get a new one made, we'll beat you to a frazzle!
The events of the day before, coupled with those of the ten days preceding had worn him down to a frazzle of his old self.
Between the heat and the puzzle we were reduced to a frazzle.
c.1825, "to unravel" (of clothing), from East Anglian variant of 17c. fasel "to unravel, fray" (as the end of a rope), from Middle English facelyn "to fray" (mid-15c.), from fasylle "fringe, frayed edge," diminutive of Old English fæs "fringe." Related: Frazzled, frazzling. Cf. German Faser "thread, fiber, filament," Middle Dutch vese "fringe, fiber, chaff." Probably influenced in form by fray (v.). As a noun, from 1865, American English.