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frazzle

[ fraz-uh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF frazzle
  • nounexhaustion; something very worn
  • verbwear out

Synonyms for frazzle

  • collapse
  • enervation
  • lassitude
  • prostration
  • rag
  • remnant
  • shred
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In the first few weeks my artist's ears and eyes and soul were hazed to a frazzle.

From school she went to college and worked herself to a frazzle.

He'll ketch the thief, for he's sartainly got Sherlock Holmes beat to a frazzle.

"Well, next time don't stay till you're worn to a frazzle," she said.

Face the supernatural—and it is beaten to a frazzle before the fight begins.

"How some folks will wear a tune to a frazzle," was the disconcerting reply.

We're just going to lick the whole bunch to a frazzle, and that's easy.

But just wait till we get a new one made, we'll beat you to a frazzle!

It had the hall bedroom at Mrs. Bowse's boarding-house "beaten to a frazzle."

Between the heat and the puzzle we were reduced to a frazzle.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1825, "to unravel" (of clothing), from East Anglian variant of 17c. fasel "to unravel, fray" (as the end of a rope), from Middle English facelyn "to fray" (mid-15c.), from fasylle "fringe, frayed edge," diminutive of Old English fæs "fringe." Related: Frazzled, frazzling. Cf. German Faser "thread, fiber, filament," Middle Dutch vese "fringe, fiber, chaff." Probably influenced in form by fray (v.). As a noun, from 1865, American English.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FRAZZLE

did in

verbdestroy; exhaust

exhaust

verbtire or wear out

fray

verbshred, come apart
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