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f ret

  • n  agitation resulting from active worry
  • n  a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
  • n  an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)
    there was a simple fret at the top of the walls
  • n  a small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch
  • v  worry unnecessarily or excessively
  • v  be agitated or irritated
    don't fret over these small details
  • v  provide (a musical instrument) with frets
    fret a guitar
  • v  become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
  • v  cause annoyance in
  • v  gnaw into; make resentful or angry
  • v  carve a pattern into
  • v  decorate with an interlaced design
  • v  be too tight; rub or press
  • v  cause friction
  • v  remove soil or rock
  • v  wear away or erode

  • For those who fret that America has lost its way, that all the good jobs are being outsourced to China or India, that regular folks can't get ahead anymore, Loudoun and its .
  • Don't fret; he's got lots of renowned advisers.
  • There's no need to fret about getting the mud out of your hair, either: showers at minimal cost are abundant, as are lockers that can be used to store a fresh set of clothes.
News & Articles


  • Michael Hayden in International Herald Tribune
    I took Iraq off the list of things for the incoming guys to fret about for the next 12 months,Hayden said, referencing security and political gains made there.
  • Taro Aso in Interactive Investor
    As I have been saying, I don't have any intention to fret over rapid fluctuations in stocks and the dollar. But what could affect the real economy most are such rapid moves,Aso said.
  • Dave Roberts in USA Today
    That's totally out of my control,Roberts said. "For me to fret about that does me no good. At the beginning of the season I wasn't healthy and had surgery. I'm going to wait for my opportunity, whatever capacity. ...... I can't write...

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