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Mr. Galloway was fuming and fretting at the non-arrival of his clerk, Mr. Jenkins.

Give him a touch with the rope's-end, Jem, if ever you do observe him fretting.

Sam was forward, keeping a lookout and fretting at the delay.

Two years passed, and at eighteen she was fretting that half her life had wasted away.

"Fretting again, your Honour," said the man, in a half whisper.

I think she is fretting because we have not heard from my brother for rather a long time.

He had a stroke of some kind, or fit of one sort or another, brought on by fretting.

If he had half of that sum now he would not be fretting about his pay-roll or his notes.

You're not fretting because of the paltry little sum I advanced for your rent, are you?

In peace true soldiers are captive lions, fretting in their cages.

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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