frazzle

[fraz-uhl] Informal.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), frazzled, frazzling.
1.
to wear to threads or shreds; fray.
2.
to weary; tire out: Those six eight-year-olds frazzled me.
noun
3.
the state of being frazzled or worn-out.
4.
a remnant; shred.

Origin:
1815–25; blend of fray2 and fazzle, Middle English faselin to unravel, cognate with German faseln

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frazzle (ˈfræzəl)
 
vb
1.  informal to make or become exhausted or weary; tire out
2.  a less common word for fray
 
n
3.  informal the state of being frazzled or exhausted
4.  a frayed end or remnant
5.  informal to a frazzle absolutely; completely (esp in the phrase burnt to a frazzle)
 
[C19: probably from Middle English faselen to fray, from fasel fringe; influenced by fray²]

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frazzle
c.1825, from E.Anglian variant of 17c. fasel "to unravel, fray" (like the end of a rope), from M.E. facelyn "to fray," from fasylle "fringe, frayed edge," dim. of O.E. fæs "fringe." Probably influenced in form by fray (v.). Related: Frazzled.
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Example sentences
And he got up to speed, and mastered the stuff and worked the staff to a frazzle.
There were offensive bosses beaten to a frazzle at one convention, and no bosses were beaten at the other.
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