2 despite the situation, remarkably few nerves were frayed
strain, tax, overtax, irritate, put on edge, make edgy, make tense
the swordsman launched himself into the fray
battle, engagement, conflict, armed conflict, fight, clash, skirmish, altercation, tussle, struggle, scuffle, melee, brawl, riot, commotion, disturbance;
British informal , Football afters
Law , dated affray
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