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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.
See also: above, fray

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 that 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 that 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

fray at 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 at the edges.
2. To become less successful or harmonious. Our roommate relationship is starting to fray at the edges now that Pat has begun leaving his stuff, including dirty dishes, all over the apartment.
See also: edge, fray

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.
See also: enter, list

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.
See also: enter, list

fray at the edges

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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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Los primeros frailes dominicos--como parte del proyecto de evangelizacion pacifica--los en vio fray Pedro de Cordoba y fueron martirizados en Cumana en 1515.
Fray Pedro de Cordoba (1482-1521), Vicario de la Orden, dio instrucciones a fray Anton de Montesinos, su mejor orador, sobre el sermon que debia predicar el cuarto domingo de Adviento" (Henriquez, 1969, p.
Estos hicieron una parada en Puerto Rico, donde Montesinos enfermo, viendose obligado a permanecer convaleciendo en la isla, como al respecto lo consigna fray Bartolome de las Casas en su 'Historia de las Indias': "Llegados a la isla de Sanet Joan, el padre Fr.
En el ano de 1518, nuevamente Montesinos estuvo de paso por Puerto Rico en compania de fray Pedro de Cordoba.
No sera hasta 1515 que un grupo de frailes dominicos se establezca alli en Baracoa al oriente de la isla, bajo la direccion de fray Pedro de Cordoba (Rodriguez, 1997: p.
En 1518 habia sido nombrado como obispo el dominico fray Julian Garces, quien tambien se mantuvo sin llegar a ocupar su sede, siendo luego promovido al obispado de Cozumel en Mexico.
En 1527 fue designado para ocupar la sede episcopal de Santiago de Cuba el dominico fray Miguel Ramirez de Salamanca, quien hasta entonces ocupaba el cargo de Abad de Jamaica.
Este detalle final en esta nota sobre Las Casas nos hace volver a nuestro principal personaje, fray Anton de Montesinos, quien el 3 de febrero de 1525 se encuentra nuevamente en Puerto Rico, luego de su regreso de Espana en compania de otros seis frailes dominicos (A.
En 1526, ya como Vicario provincial de las Indias encontramos a Montesinos, fraile inquieto y andariego de viaje junto con Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon, el organizador de la empresa misionera en la Florida, lugar del cual Montesinos, por el intenso trabajo realizado, regreso a Puerto Rico maltrecho en 1527, lo cual no impidio que el ano siguiente nuevamente viajara a Espana y esta vez en compania de fray Tomas de Berlanga, el descubridor de las islas Galapagos (Cuesta, 1946: pp.
Fray Anton de Montesinos posiblemente en Espana fue que escribio en Lengua latina 'Informatio Juridica in Indorum'.
Sin embargo, el historiador colombiano fray Alberto Ariza, O.
Mando el rey que fuese fray Antonio Montesinos para predicar a los indios y defenderlos como protector suyo.
En el libro de las profesiones del Convento de San Esteban de Salamanca, en el margen del acta de profesion religiosa de fray Anton de Montesinos se encuentra escrita la frase 'Obiitmartyrin Indias' (Bueno, idem), llevando asi a la posteridad el recuerdo de la vida de sacrificio y penitencia de aquel gran protagonista en hechos y acciones de la noble mision evangelizadora de la Orden de Predicadores.