1. fret, stew, sweat, lather, swither, agitation

usage: agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"

2. worn spot, fret, spot, speckle, dapple, patch, fleck, maculation

usage: a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion

3. fret, Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern, architectural ornament

usage: an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"

4. fret, bar

usage: 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


1. fuss, niggle, fret, worry

usage: worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"

2. fret, worry

usage: be agitated or irritated; "don't fret over these small details"

3. fret, supply, provide, render, furnish

usage: provide (a musical instrument) with frets; "fret a guitar"

4. chafe, gall, fret, irritate

usage: become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

5. fret, annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil

usage: cause annoyance in

6. eat into, fret, rankle, grate, annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil

usage: gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The injustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"

7. fret, carve

usage: carve a pattern into

8. fret, decorate, adorn, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify

usage: decorate with an interlaced design

9. choke, gag, fret, compress, constrict, squeeze, compact, contract, press

usage: be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat"

10. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch, touch, adjoin, meet, contact

usage: cause friction; "my sweater scratches"

11. erode, eat away, fret, damage

usage: remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces"

12. fret, eat away, corrode, rust

usage: wear away or erode

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