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Frazzle  n.  
The act or result of frazzling; the condition or quality of being frazzled; the tag end; a frayed-out end. (Prov. Eng. & U. S.) "My fingers are all scratched to frazzles."
A state of extreme exhaustion; often used in the phrase worn to a frazzle. "Gordon had sent word to Lee that he "had fought his corps to a frazzle.""

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"Frazzle" Quotes from Famous Books

... the business if I did go," he said. He has a sort of wide-eyed frankness that makes one ashamed to doubt him. "I'm always car sick crossing the mountains. It's a fact, Lollie. See-sawing over the peaks does it. Why, crossing the Alleghany Mountains has the Gulf Stream to Bermuda beaten to a frazzle." ...
— The Man in Lower Ten • Mary Roberts Rinehart

... man's face set grimly again. "Well, that won't save him. As for you, miss, you're goin' to yore room to live on bread an' water for a week. I wish you were a boy for about five minutes so's I could wear you to a frazzle with a cowhide." ...
— A Man Four-Square • William MacLeod Raine

... itself who refuse to condescend to the more menial work on the farm. They have been the means of their coming here and—and now they are kicking themselves for their short-sighted stupidity, for John Chinaman is beating them to a frazzle at their own game and he is crowding us out of house and shelter ...
— The Spoilers of the Valley • Robert Watson

... immensely pleased by the editor's acknowledgment, "the war won't be over until the armies of William the Vile, the Prussian Outcast Emperor, are licked to a frazzle—and that's going to take five million of our men, a hundred billion of our dollars, and a damned sight longer than any year, or two years, or three years; you can bet your ...
— Where the Souls of Men are Calling • Credo Harris

... visiting a perhaps slightly perturbed Auntie Isabel, and afterwards the fire-escape, I felt that here was the glimpse of the wild exotic adventure for which the hearts of all of us yearn. It left the cinema standing. It beat the magazine story to a frazzle. ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, July 7th, 1920 • Various

... advice and stay away from those places," said Sandford again, noticing the movement. "What's the use of wearing your sympathies to a frazzle over what can't be helped? They're sapping the life out of you, and you're doing them no good—that is, no lasting good. ...
— Mary Ware's Promised Land • Annie Fellows Johnston

... winter. Look out, there!" he cried, as Mr. Anthony laid his hand on the head of a Jersey calf that backed awkwardly from under his grasp. "Don't let her get a hold of your coat-tail; she chawed mine to a frazzle the other day; the girls pet her so much she has ...
— The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories • Margaret Collier Graham

... of oats sence he wuz foaled, pet names that would be good enough fer Nancy Hanks, or Alix, or Directum, who hev. Don't you try to back off acrost them rocks. Wait where you are! Ef I let my Hambletonian temper git the better o' me I'd frazzle you out finer than rye-straw inside o' three minutes, you woman-scarin', kid-killin', dash-breakin', unbroke, unshod, ungaited, pastur'-hoggin', saw-backed, shark-mouthed, hair-trunk-thrown-in-in-trade son of a bronco an' ...
— The Day's Work, Volume 1 • Rudyard Kipling

... enough. The moon ought to show up by half-past ten or eleven, an' we can make the split rock water-hole before it gets too hot for the horses to travel. It's the hottest spell for June I ever saw and if she don't let up tomorrow the range will be burnt to a frazzle." ...
— The Texan - A Story of the Cattle Country • James B. Hendryx

... niggers puts their mistakes on the white folks. It's easier to do right than wrong cause right whips wrong every time into a frazzle. ...
— Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States - Volume II. Arkansas Narratives. Part I • Work Projects Administration

... to the heroes like Ebert, Thorpe, Brewer, Kennedy, Warren, and a few others, who fearlessly exposed their lives upon the very firing-line. These men are the very "salt of the earth." The escape of even a "frazzle" of the 5th Corps was due to their superhuman energy and exertions. They did much to redeem the good name of their corps ...
— The Gatlings at Santiago • John H. Parker

... spat tobacco juice upon a clean hide drying in the sun. "Hold yore hawsses a minute. The damage'll be enough. Don't you worry about that. But first off, I aim to know who raided our camp. Then I reckon I'll whop him till he's wore to a frazzle." ...
— Man Size • William MacLeod Raine

... mile. I've taken the Bigbee house, just below you, you know, and I arrived there last night to get a good rest after a rather strenuous social career at home. Ever since Easter I've been on the 'go' every minute and I'm really worn to a frazzle." ...
— Mary Louise • Edith van Dyne (one of L. Frank Baum's pen names)

... strike against the present method of bearing children—and I imagine that millions would join such a strike if it held out any promise of success!—we still could accomplish nothing. To fret ourselves into a frazzle over it, is to accomplish less than nothing;—it is to enter upon ...
— Study of Child Life • Marion Foster Washburne

Words linked to "Frazzle" :   tucker, exhaust, bust, fray, wear, exhaustion

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