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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FRET

If, however great the cause, I fret myself I disturb the right conditions.

Do not fret over this: it is so lucky that you will soon be well again.

He who is without expectation cannot fret if nothing comes to him.

Only there is my own choler, which overwhelms me; I fret that I cannot live for a moment happy.

Well, she'd have to go bankrupt, but she didn't intend to fret about it now.

Say 'cal'late' if you want to, I am not going to fret you about your grammar any more, Daniel.

She was joyous as a bird in its narrow cage, and never did she fret at the bars which bound her.

Don't you fret, Bub, the cap'n'll be here for you some time to-night.

So he went home, to fret and toss angrily and miserably half the night.

How is poor father, does he look much older does he fret for me now?

WORD ORIGIN

"be peevish or worried," early 12c., from Old English fretan "eat, devour" (in Old English used of monsters and Vikings; in Middle English used of animals' eating), from Proto-Germanic compound *fra- "for-" + *etan "to eat" (cf. Dutch vreton, Old High German freggan, German fressen, Gothic fraitan). Transitive sense of "eat away" is from late 12c. Figurative sense of "irritate, worry, eat one's heart out" is c.1200. Modern German still distinguishes essen for humans and fressen for animals. Related: Fretted; fretting. As a noun, from early 15c.

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