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Fried potatoes are one of mankind’s greatest inventions, but deep-frying at home can be as fussy and fretful as clipping a frantic cat’s claws.
HOW TO MAKE CRISPY AIR-FRYER FRIES WITH NO FUSS AND VERY LITTLE MUSSDANIELA GALARZAJUNE 17, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Occasionally he turned his head to watch with keen eyes the fretful movements of a fly hovering above the water.
UNCANNY TALESVARIOUS
Beardsley was watching Arnold's fingers; there was something aimless and fretful as they pushed among the code-sealed tapes.
WE'RE FRIENDS, NOWHENRY HASSE
“I fear there is an element of the morbid, in all this fretful revolt against the old-established destiny of our sex,” she said.
THE DAUGHTERS OF DANAUSMONA CAIRD
Mrs. Tynan's face flushed with sudden irritation and that fretful look came to her eyes which accompanies a lack of comprehension.
YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR LUCK, COMPLETEGILBERT PARKER
So that night his head was hot, and he was fretful; and in the morning he would not eat, and apparently had a fever.
LOVE'S PILGRIMAGEUPTON SINCLAIR
A sickly, faded, fretful-looking person, nearly ten years his senior!
A CHARMING FELLOW, VOLUME II (OF 3)FRANCES ELEANOR TROLLOPE
They lifted their eyes a moment from the ground, and cast a fretful look at the great, tranquil luminary.
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MENDCHARLES READE
The child had been unusually fretful, and had kept her awake.
THAT LASS O' LOWRIE'SFRANCES HODGSON BURNETT
Sarcastically applied to people who may be peevish or fretful through ill health.
THE PROVERBS OF SCOTLANDALEXANDER HISLOP
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WORDS RELATED TO FRETFUL

  • agitated
  • balky
  • contrary
  • edgy
  • fidgety
  • fractious
  • fretful
  • froward
  • ill at ease
  • jittery
  • jumpy
  • nervy
  • obstinate
  • on edge
  • ornery
  • perverse
  • recalcitrant
  • refractory
  • restless
  • stubborn
  • tense
  • uneasy
  • unruly
  • unyielding
  • uptight
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