There are 2 definitions of fray in English:

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Pronunciation: /freɪ
 
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verb

  • 2 [with object] (Of a male deer) rub (a bush or small tree) with the head in order to remove the velvet from newly formed antlers, or to mark territory during the rut: bucks mark their territory by fraying small trees

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French freiier, from Latin fricare 'to rub'.

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There are 2 definitions of fray in English:

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noun

(the fray)
  • 1A situation of intense competitive activity: ten companies intend to bid for the contract, with three more expected to enter the fray
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    • The second round saw some of the stronger teams from last year's competition enter the fray, and some of the first round qualifiers stepped up their game yet further under the afternoon sun.
    • Overall domestic market share is down and it's recently been falling in the light truck sector, as new foreign competitors enter the fray.
    • Although it feels like it has been going on for decades, alas, it's still a necessary discussion, and I've been meaning to enter the fray.
  • 1.1A battle or fight: he charged into the thick of the fray and went down fighting
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    • See how the rotten beams are tumbling down, and how the patched and broken windows seem to scowl dimly, like eyes that have been hurt in drunken frays.
    • Nor can he explain his unprecedented ability to quickly heal from his frequent frays.
    • Despite these frays, the black children realize they are financially superior.
    Synonyms
    battle, engagement, conflict, armed conflict, fight, clash, skirmish, altercation, tussle, struggle, scuffle, melee, brawl, riot, commotion, disturbance; contest, competition
    informal scrap, dust-up, set-to, free-for-all
    British informal punch-up, bust-up, ruck
    British informal , Football afters
    Scottish informal rammy, swedge
    Law , • dated affray

Origin

late Middle English: from archaic fray 'to quarrel', from affray 'startle', from Anglo-Norman French afrayer (see affray).

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