frazzle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v frazzle exhaust physically or emotionally "She was frazzled after the visit of her in-laws"
    • v frazzle wear away by rubbing "The friction frayed the sleeve"
    • n frazzle a state of extreme exhaustion "he was worn to a frazzle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frazzle a state of extreme exhaustion; -- often used in the phrase worn to a frazzle. "Gordon had sent word to Lee that he “had fought his corps to a frazzle .”"
    • Frazzle The act or result of frazzling; the condition or quality of being frazzled; the tag end; a frayed-out end. "My fingers are all scratched to frazzles ."
    • v. t Frazzle To fray; to wear or pull into tatters or tag ends; to tatter; -- used literally and figuratively. "Her hair was of a reddish gray color, and its frazzled and tangled condition suggested that the woman had recently passed through a period of extreme excitement."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • frazzle To ravel out, as the edge of a fabric; unravel; fray.
    • frazzle To wear, as by hard usage, into shreds, rags, or tatters; fray out; tear to pieces.
    • n frazzle A shred; a tatter; a frayed rag; a frayed or worn-out condition: as, to be worn to a frazzle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Frazzle fraz′l (U.S.) to fray, wear out
    • n Frazzle state of being worn out
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. faseln, and E. fray,

Usage

In literature:

The poor fellow looked so old and frazzled that Odin could not recognize him.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
If you face the supernatural, it is more than half beaten to a frazzle, before the fight begins.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
She's worn out, nerves frayed to a frazzle.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
You, Quill, hypnotize yourself into a frazzle by Saturday noon with unnecessary fret.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
You look like you'd been all worn to a frazzle studyin'.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
It has Omaha, No'th Platte, Cheyenne beat to a frazzle.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
She's got Mother Eve beaten to a frazzle.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
You'll have my stitches looking worse frazzled than my temper.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Empress of Chinatown, up yon frazzled flight of stairs lurks the New York Daytime Lottery.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
It's got college beaten to a frazzle!
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
Still, I believe I would have thrashed him to a frazzle if I hadn't stumbled.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
If she was any nearer she'd burn us all to a frazzle!
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
I'm simply dragged to a frazzle by the end of the season.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
His nerves, too, were badly frazzled.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
In the first few weeks my artist's ears and eyes and soul were hazed to a frazzle.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Was it done to a frazzle, turkey-trotting with all the chaperons?
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Was the old fellow suffering from frazzled nerves or from hidden knowledge?
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
Dese days done w'ar me to frazzles!
"A Little Dusky Hero" by Harriot T, Comstock
Norman has just worn my nerves to a frazzle.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
I was never so worn to a frazzle.
"The Sunset Trail" by Alfred Henry Lewis
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In poetry:

Suppose I take an arrogant bomber, stroke
By stroke, up to the frazzled sun to hear
Sun-ghostlings whisper: Yes, the capital yoke-
Remove it and there's not a ghost to fear
This crucial day, whose decapitate joke
Languidly winds into the inner ear.
"More Sonnets At Christmas I" by Allen Tate

In news:

With so much going on, maybe you're feeling a bit frazzled and could use a drink — so may we suggest a glass of Rolling Stones whiskey.
New works, frazzle- and cost-free .
In our increasingly frazzled lives, taking a moment to savor good food and company might just be the time-out we need.
One year ago, as I was walking home, I nearly ran directly into an extremely frazzled looking Bradley Cooper on the street near my apartment.
The couple is shown embracing in the air and on the ground once she gives him a frazzled "yes" response.
The author of "The Power of Now" reveals the things that keep us continually frazzled - and how to remove them from your life.
I recalled how frazzled Dorchester, just two years from earning his master's degree, seemed a few days before the last football signing day.
For the busy entrepreneur or the frazzled soccer mom, today's Daily App can help keep finances in order with face-to-face help when needed.
You might recognize Oliver Platt from any of the two dozen movies he's appeared in over the past decade--usually as the likable friend or frazzled adviser.
A frazzled Liz Warren is scrambling to find a way to put closure on her life in.
Even routine surgery can turn people into frazzled basket cases, so when Robin Cook's 1977 bestseller "Coma" debuted, patient concerns must have skyrocketed.
The collective sigh heard earlier this month came from frazzled physicians and medical groups relieved that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a new deadline for implementing ICD-10, pushing it back to Oct 1, 2014.
In our frazzled world, ample sleep and relaxation seem to be elusive goals.
"I think everybody's nerves are frazzled at this point, I know mine are," said Theresa Gagliardi, of East Haven.
One way to never forget how to say Basil May's first name: he'll either DAZZLE you or FRAZZLE you with his snake collection.
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