In recent weeks, it has been fashionable (and even rational) to fret about the U.S. industrial economy.
Even assuming Wyoming is safe, however, Republicans are right to fret.
And they took a toll on her, he says, depressing her and making her fret that she might not find a comeback vehicle.
But when I checked in with her, she said not to fret, she was hanging out with a cousin.
The “all clear” for many of the 10,000 possibly exposed campers will not be given till early October—a long time to fret.
I care not for all those strings of pearl, which you fret me by warping into my tresses, Janet.
I'm quite well now, and I'm not going to fret, but I'm going to be really happy.
Wunpost threw off his packs and left his mules to fret while he ran back to plant the huge traps.
But don't fret, Margaret; I am not going to fret, and I shall not let you do it.
Her soul had been long at rest, and her spirit, we may hope, had ceased to fret itself in horror at contact with a Jew.
"be peevish or worried," early 12c., from Old English fretan "eat, devour" (in Old English used of monsters and Vikings; in Middle English used of animals' eating), from Proto-Germanic compound *fra- "for-" + *etan "to eat" (cf. Dutch vreton, Old High German freggan, German fressen, Gothic fraitan). Transitive sense of "eat away" is from late 12c. Figurative sense of "irritate, worry, eat one's heart out" is c.1200. Modern German still distinguishes essen for humans and fressen for animals. Related: Fretted; fretting. As a noun, from early 15c.
"ornamental interlaced pattern," late 14c., from Old French frete "interlaced work, trellis work," probably from Frankish *fetur or another Germanic source (cf. Old English fetor, Old High German feggara "fetter") perhaps from notion of "decorative anklet," or of materials "bound" together. The other noun, "ridge on the fingerboard of a guitar," is c.1500 of unknown origin but possibly another sense of Old French frete.