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  • n. Plural form of fretting.


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  • I'd as leave you would not tell me of it till you've taken the proper time to be at a certainty; frettings about these ups and downs, being what do no good to me, in point of the gout. '


  • Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.

    Coming in Out of the Wind

  • England next involved herself had cost him many frettings that age and infirmity prevented him from being ever again an active unit of the army.

    A Changed Man

  • And I think, and so I know does Brother Anselm, though we have not yet spoken of it, that it is the delicate frettings of another vellum once in constant contact with it, and dyed purple.

    The Heretic's Apprentice

  • “Bob” is one of those gifted few, and as “Sleeping Reporter” he divulges to us Initiates what ancient wisdoms we must know to be freed from the million minor irritations and compulsive frettings that plague us daily and short-circuit the pre-Atlantean psi-biotic energy shafts that would otherwise feed us Slack.

    The Book of the SubGenius

  • There was a certain beauty, a logic, like the lacy frettings that fringe hard blue ice-packs.

    The Gunslinger

  • No more of them that afternoon, no more intrusions on the crew, no more of Griffin's frettings.

    Port Eternity

  • Above, the huge vault, with its natural frettings and arches; below, the greenest, freshest grass; around, an eternal half light, streaked and varied, and radiant as a rainbow.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843

  • Since youth went out of me, in the high woods of Dun Vlechlan, I have lived through days made up of small frettings and little pleasures and only half earnest desires, which moved about upon the surface of my being like minnows in the shoals of a still lake.

    Figures of Earth

  • And thou know'st well, warm-proof'd 'gainst the wind's frettings.

    Georgian Poetry 1918-19


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