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above the fray

Uninvolved in an argument or debate. Kristen always tried to stay above the fray whenever there was a disagreement at work. It's difficult to stay above the fray when dealing with hostile family members.
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enter the lists

Fig. to begin to take part in a contest or argument. He had decided not to stand for Parliament, but entered the lists at the last minute. The family disagreement had almost been resolved when the grandfather entered the lists.
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join the fray

 and jump into the fray; enter the fray
Fig. to join the fight or argument. After listening to the argument, Mary decided to jump into the fray. Tom joined the fray and immediately got knocked down.
See also: fray, join

above the fray

not involved in a particular argument The president will try to stay above the political fray.
Usage notes: often used with stay, keep, or remain: He's remarkably good at remaining above the fray at the office.
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enter the fray

also join the fray
to become involved in a very competitive situation Cable TV companies have entered the fray, using their high-speed lines to provide Internet access.
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enter/join the fray

to become involved in an argument or a fight Members of the royal family rarely enter the political fray.
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fray around/at the edges

to start to become less effective or successful This songwriting partnership began to fray at the edges after both partners got married.
See also: around, edge, fray

tempers fray

  also tempers become frayed
if tempers fray among a group of people, they all become angry Tempers frayed when, after waiting for hours, we were told there were no tickets left.
See also: fray, temper

enter the lists

Also, enter the fray. Engage in a fight or competition, as in He said he'd be willing to enter the lists well before the primaries, or Whenever people disagreed, she was eager to enter the fray. The first term uses the noun lists in the sense of "a barrier around the arena enclosing medieval jousting tournaments" and was being used figuratively by the late 1500s. The variant uses fray in the sense of "a noisy skirmish or battle," a usage from the late 1300s.
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Another 83 candidates are also in the fray for the posts of councillors at all the centres of the university.
He seemed very pumped up, and when Fray returned to the car he still wanted to drive, so Fray let him.
While Fray is clearly not of Taghrooda's calibre she showed she has ability of her own when making a successful belated handicap start, again at Headquarters, last month.
We are fully confident, that there is no confusion about the BJP's astuteness on backing those two leaders to join the fray in the election.
Besides Sonia, Rajnath Singh and Modi, other stalwarts in the fray include BJP patriarch Lal Krishna Advani who has won Gujarat's Gandhinagar seat five times already.
Fray admits to experiencing a certain degree of shock at hearing she had won the award.
The move follows Baxters' acquisition of the Fray Bentos brand from Princes Foods in November last year.
Al Ahli, Manama and Muharraq are the remaining three teams in the fray.
It has led The Fray down a slightly darker path, culminating in the album 'Scars and Stories' in which they lay bare emotional wounds of internal rifts that once threatened to tear the band apart.
THE FRAY - SCARS AND STORIES SINCE their all-conquering track How To Save A Life dominated both sides of the Atlantic in 2007, The Fray have fought to shake off their reputation for by-the-book power ballads.
LIVERPOOL-BASED Princes Foods has sold its Fray Bentos canned meat pie business.
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Fray told TAP news agency that he will only organise the defence that will be ensured by a group of five lawyers to secure defence rights and provide conditions for a fair trial.
Also hailing from Manchester, singer Liam Fray and bandmates Daniel Moores, Michael Campbell and Mark Cuppello are the gang most likely to take over the Gallaghers' 'voice of the people' status, especially if the reaction at this packed-out show was anything to go by.
Summary: American rock band The Fray have just released a new single, Never Say Never.