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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 fray

1. To join a competition. Now that you've entered the fray and decided to run for mayor, I hope you've prepared for the personal attacks unfortunately are likely to follow.
2. To join in on an argument. Once my relatives start arguing, I usually leave the room rather than enter the fray.
See also: enter, fray

enter the lists

To join an argument or competition. Now that you've entered the lists and decided to run for mayor, I hope you've prepared for the personal attacks unfortunately are likely to follow. Once my relatives start arguing, I usually leave the room rather than enter the lists.
See also: enter, list

fray around the edges

1. Literally, to become worn along the edges, as of fabric. I think it's time for us to get a new blanket—this one is all frayed around the edges.
2. To become less successful or harmonious. Our roommate relationship is starting to fray around the edges now that Pat has begun leaving his stuff, including dirty dishes, all over the apartment.
See also: around, edge, fray

tempers frayed

Things became tense among people; people lost their tempers. Tempers frayed at Thanksgiving when Uncle Stu and Aunt Marsha started arguing about politics.
See also: fray, temper

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

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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fray at the edges


fray around the edges

If something or someone frays at the edges or frays around the edges, they gradually become weaker or less successful. The government's army has begun to fray at the edges. By this time, their partnership had begun to fray around the edges. Note: You can also talk about something being frayed at the edges or frayed around the edges. At 72, his voice is sometimes a little frayed around the edges, but that just adds to its charm. Note: If a piece of cloth or rope frays, its threads or fibres start to come apart.
See also: edge, fray

enter the lists

issue or accept a challenge.
In medieval times, the lists were the enclosed area in which knights fought each other in tournaments.
See also: enter, list

ˌfray at/around the ˈedges/ˈseams

start to come apart or to fail: Support for the leader was fraying at the edges.
If cloth frays, the threads in it start to come apart.
See also: around, edge, fray, seam
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Summary: Minister Wael Abu Faour said that Lebanon was in need of relaunching dialogue and of wisdom, saying it was "illogical" that ties remain frayed between Lebanese groups.
Dad's an obese, frayed and unshaven factory storeman by day, but by night he transforms into an obese, frayed and unshaven masked wrestler with the nom de plume 'The Percolator'.
I thought the floss was a little overwaxed, making it feel thicker and, although it claims to have an anti-shred texture, I did find that it frayed a little.
Transect B was highest in frayed and truncated foliage stem counts (A: 11, 5; B: 18, 3; C: 5, 1; D: 1, 4; E: 1, 3).
Tevaga had arthroscopic surgery to trim a frayed labrum in his left shoulder.
She said: "People saw me in an extreme situation and tempers did get frayed, but I don't use that type of language in an everyday situation.
These features are critical in food and pharmaceutical applications as they prevent the growth of mold on the belt and edges from becoming frayed and mixing into passing product.
The team paints the protein fragment, or peptide, onto a silicon chip frayed at one end into rectangles 500 micrometers ([micro]m) long, 100 [micro]m wide, and 1 [micro]m thick.
Passengers on a train from Huddersfield to Manchester were ordered off after tempers frayed because of overcrowding.
But this speculate-to- accumulate approach means frayed nerves among fans.
A frayed cable can short circuit and also damage the card and the ICE box itself.
Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
These belts are said to eliminate flat belt problems, including mistracking, frayed edges (and resulting contamination), belt slippage and frequent maintenance and belt replacement.
The outcome will inevitably be reduced human service and public infrastructure investment--and more pressure on charity and philanthropy to fill the holes in our nation's already frayed social safety net.
The edges of the insect's large, leathery wings have a vein pattern and frayed edges similar to a real leaf that's been nibbled by hungry caterpillars.