worn to a frazzle

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]
See also: frazzle, worn
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HOUSTON - There was all manner of late-night insanity, including benches being emptied, pitchers being called on to pinch hit and nerves being worn to a frazzle.
I've explained babies need lots of care and I'm worn to a frazzle doing my best to keep him and her happy.
Photo: Kobe Bryant, going up against Sacramento's Peja Stojakovic, is worn to a frazzle, but his dazzle is needed at the All-Star Game.