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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.
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IT was one of the busiest days of the year for train passengers - and tempers became frayed yesterday.
Pickering saw a free-kick saved by Vickers as they looked for a second, but tempers became frayed as it wore on as City got frustrated.
And a court heard, with the aid of an interpreter, that it led to an altercation outside the Black Bull in May as tempers became frayed.
Tempers became frayed on a number of occasions and angry words were exchanged, reflecting the high tensions associated with sporting clashes between India and Pakistan.
"He would also recall how football had changed - and how footballers today were nowhere near as good as they were in his day!" Former team-mate Arthur Fitzsimons said he was grateful for Harry's presence alongside him when tempers became frayed during games.
Then came the touchline bust-up between Pardew and Meyler as tempers became frayed.
Robson and Rogers, who put on 106 together in the Middlesex first innings, both survived early scares as tempers became frayed.
But as tempers became frayed in the final 10 minutes, sparked by Elliott Whitehead's spear tackle on Jamie Jones-Buchanan, the Bulls snatched an unlikely yet deserved point at Headingley.
Mr Crosland said: "Tempers became frayed and the defendant raised a bottle above his head.
Crusaders caused Saints problems after their shaky start but tempers became frayed with Perry and Ben Flower trading punches.
With both teams desperate to improve their disappointing win-loss records, tempers became frayed in the final minutes.
McCall said: "There was a significant sum of money involved and tempers became frayed. It was an awful time for me.
Vaughan oozed composure throughout his innings, which included 18 fours, and refused to become distracted from his objective of saving the match, even when tempers became frayed.
Tempers became frayed towards the end of the West Indies innings when paceman James Anderson barged into batsman Runako Morton on the way back to his mark.