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I tell you, lad, that I am all undone, like a fretted bow-string.

Fretted by the pain, he plunged into the wilderness to hide like a wounded deer.

And the hot ferment of Paris life seethed and fretted all around him.

But to-day he was fretted and chafed by long waiting for that answer to his letter.

He had just been fretted sufficiently to find fault with her dress.

Every day he had been away he had fretted and chafed at the thought of what might be happening to her.

She fretted on until, exasperated, the man jabbed her sharply with the spurs.

Mr. Bartlett, the passenger, had been on time and had fumed and fretted at the delay.

If he smiled on her she flushed, and if he frowned she fretted and was afraid.

Within the porch he found her waiting, fretted by her impatience.

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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