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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.
See also: fray, temper
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Tempers became frayed on both benches following the collision and the game was packed with flashpoints.
Tempers became frayed when Jason Demetriou flattened Tigers hooker Andy
THE Quins fielded nine former Dunvant players in their squad and tempers became frayed in the hot sun as both teams battled for vital league points for different reasons.
The delay was initially caused by a technical problem but later, as tempers became frayed, a fight broke out, causing a further hold-up.