fray around the edges

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
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Yet, that neat model begins to fray around the edges when the delivery channel is not a clean one from operator to customer.
A RELATIONSHIP is starting to fray around the edges.
And so an increasingly agitated Celtic - none more so than Kayal who was booked for taking his frustrations out on Henrik Ojamaa - headed inside at the break a goal down to meet up with a manager who was himself beginning to fray around the edges.
For the time being, the fabric of Roman society was kept from unraveling; but as the very potency of the Bacchic cult showed, it was starting to fray around the edges.
They may have started to fray around the edges but seven of the 80s' best pop acts proved they can still party like it's 1985.
But when her out-of control brother drops into town, her commitment-phobic boyfriend proposes marriage, and her fussbudget boss (Matthew Broderick) takes her to bed, Sammy starts to fray around the edges.
Several other big stars are beginning to fray around the edges too.
This trend toward the classics is nothing but good news for movie buffs, who have been patiently waiting for some unreleased old favorite, or who have watched some favorite old tape fray around the edges.
The Welsh southpaw is beginning to fray around the edges at the weight.
Tom looks as if he's still suffering from Saving Private Ryan shellshock, while Meg is beginning to fray around the edges as well.