fray around the edges

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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

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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She warned that if you don't devote time to your relationship it can become frayed around the edges.
It was a large, whitewashed house, frayed around the edges, with a big, unkempt garden and a curmudgeonly goat that occasionally butted heads with us kids.
The town and the Festival Directorate both determined that projections made more sense than the previously used life-size cardboard figures that frayed around the edges and looked like shit, even if they were laminated.
By the time Gears: Judgement rolled around, that old friend was looking a little tired and frayed around the edges - although, of course, I would never have admitted that.
Mr Rainey added: "He found himself extremely strained and his temper was frayed around the edges.
Coloccini's absence has seen him fast-tracked into the side and in truth he is beginning to look a bit frayed around the edges.
While yellowed and frayed around the edges, my certificate of baptism on April 7, 1957 is a reminder of my immediate forbears in the faith--my parents and grandparents, and the common life and labour to which we are all called in the Lord.
So Strauss' side is beginning to look frayed around the edges.
LONDON is starting to look frayed around the edges.
Here's where an already fraught outlook becomes even more frayed around the edges.
Rickardsson mustered just four points and his bid for a record seventh title is now looking distinctly frayed around the edges.
Looking more than a little frayed around the edges, Pietersen told the audience that he had grabbed just four hours sleep in the previous 48 and a few must have wondered 'as much as that?
Al himself, even though he begins working out to find a niche in the meat market, looks a bit frayed around the edges.
We did, although we came to feel a little frayed around the edges.