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  1. [noun] agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"
    Synonyms: stew, sweat, lather, swither

  2. [noun] a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
    Synonyms: worn spot

  3. [noun] an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
    Synonyms: Greek Greek key, key pattern

  4. [noun] a small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch

  5. [verb] worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren
    Synonyms: fuss, niggle

  6. [verb] be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details"

  7. [verb] provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar"

  8. [verb] become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
    Synonyms: chafe, gall

  9. [verb] cause annoyance in

  10. [verb] gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"
    Synonyms: eat into, rankle, grate

  11. [verb] carve a pattern into

  12. [verb] decorate with an interlaced design

  13. [verb] be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat"
    Synonyms: choke, gag

  14. [verb] cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
    Synonyms: rub, fray, chafe, scratch

  15. [verb] remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces"
    Synonyms: erode, eat away

  16. [verb] wear away or erode
    Synonyms: eat away


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