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wear someone to a frazzle

Fig. to exhaust someone. Her work wears her to a frazzle. Taking care of all those kids must wear you to a frazzle.
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wear somebody to a frazzle

  (informal)
to make someone feel very tired and nervous (often reflexive) She's worn herself to a frazzle trying to get that report finished. You've been looking after her kids for a month? You must be worn to a frazzle.
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worn to a frazzle

In a state of nervous exhaustion, as in The very idea of moving again has us worn to a frazzle. This expression transfers frazzle, which means "a frayed edge," to one's feelings. [Late 1800s]
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IN CLOVER After a shaky start when he was mobbed by his herd, Acorn Dairy's new bull Frazzle, is settling in.
Frazzle, who was sired by King Kong, replaces Gerthatio, who is being retired after serving the herd for the past 16 years and producing close to 1,000 calves.
Angry: Angela Smith and Frazzle were refused access to travel on the local bus.
Frazzles has also been given a packaging revamp, including metalised film, to bring it in line with other products in the portfolio, such as Quavers.
Crispy Bacon-flavour snack Frazzles is being brought under the Walkers banner as it celebrates its 30th birthday,
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It looks like a mini tennis racket and, when you press a button on the handle, a small electrical current passes through the "strings" and frazzles any insect you care to wallop.