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  • v. Present participle of fret.
  • n. Action of the verb to fret.


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  • The oil industry wasn't alone in fretting about the costs of offshore exploration.

    An Oil-Thirsty America

  • But the fretting is due to commence any minute now ...

    January 12th, 2006

  • And although Douthat finds much to be concerned about, his sociological fretting is leavened with a deep affection for Harvard and the time he spent there.

    God and Man at Harvard

  • In fretting, we are enemies to our own peace, and become self-tormentors; in fretting against the Lord we affront him, his justice, goodness, and sovereignty; and it is very absurd to take occasion from the trouble which we pull upon our own heads by our wilfulness, or neglect, to quarrel with him, when we ought to blame ourselves, for it is our own doing.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • But then there’s that troubling second case to deal with, and this is probably one that has the labels fretting: “You mean they downloaded the song for free, they liked it, and they still aren’t giving us any money?”

    Free and legal MP3s

  • It might be taken as a good sign if I suddenly begin fretting about this, but there’s a sense in which it’s kind of narcissistic for this to be what I’m centrally concerned with.

    Hatin’ On Johnny Rawls

  • I didn't sleep well last night because I was fretting, which is stupid.


  • "If a hearing is held, even if the complaint has no merit, we're finished," Mr. Karnik recalls fretting to his colleagues.

    How Satyam Was Saved

  • He calls the fretting over Torres and his poor scoring record "a complex media obsession" and a problem of "confidence" which will be rectified: "You think he has run dry of goals?

    The Guardian World News

  • Her pale face, on which appeared a thousand haggard lines and delving wrinkles, produced by what is emphatically termed fretting, inforced her remark; and I had afterwards an opportunity of observing the treatment she had to endure, which grizzled her into patience.

    Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman


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