A usually disorderly or protracted fight, struggle, or dispute. (Merriam – Webster)
To wear (something, such as an edge of cloth) by or as if by rubbing: Fret. (Merriam – Webster)
To become or to cause the threads in cloth or rope to become slightly separated, forming loose threads at the edge or end. (Cambridge Dictionary)
If your temper frays or your nerves fray, you gradually become upset or annoyed. (Cambridge Dictionary)
A fight, battle, or skirmish. (Dictionary.com)
A competition or contest, especially in sports. (Dictionary.com)
A noisy quarrel or brawl. (Dictionary.com)
(of a fabric, rope, or cord) unravel or become worn at the edge, typically through constant rubbing. (Oxford Dictionaries)
(of a person’s nerves or temper) show the effects of strain. (Oxford Dictionaries)
Politics at work; Tips to stay above the fray.
The writing Fray.