worn to a frazzle

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worn to a frazzle

In a state of nervous exhaustion, as in The very idea of moving again has us worn to a frazzle. This expression transfers frazzle, which means "a frayed edge," to one's feelings. [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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