Textual thesaurus for "fret"

(noun) Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern

an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)

there was a simple fret at the top of the walls

(noun) worn spot

a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion

(noun) stew, swither, sweat, lather

agitation resulting from active worry

don't get in a stew; he's in a sweat about exams

(verb) eat away

wear away or erode

(verb) erode, eat away

remove soil or rock

Rain eroded the terraces

(verb) scratch, rub, chafe, fray

cause friction

my sweater scratches

(verb) gag, choke

be too tight; rub or press

This neckband is choking the cat

(verb) grate, rankle, eat into

gnaw into; make resentful or angry

The injustice rankled her; his resentment festered

(verb) niggle, fuss

worry unnecessarily or excessively

don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now

(verb) gall, chafe

become or make sore by or as if by rubbing