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fret

1
the result of fretting; corrosion

fret

2
any of several small metal bars set across the fingerboard of a musical instrument of the lute, guitar, or viol family at various points along its length so as to produce the desired notes when the strings are stopped by the fingers

fret

An ornament usually in bands, but also covering broad surfaces, consisting of interlocking geometric motifs.
See also: Ornament

fret

1. An ornament, sometimes painted, incised, or raised and formed of short fillets, bands, or reglets variously combined, frequently consisting of continuous lines arranged in rectangular forms; a meander; a Greek key.
2. Similar ornamentation in which the fillets intersect at oblique angles, as often in Oriental designs.
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So it was again yesterday; Hughes' batting a fretful spectacle as he again mixed some fine if eccentric shots with an increasingly evident susceptibility to the short ball.
So it was again today; Hughes' batting a fretful spectacle as he again mixed some fine if eccentric shots with an increasingly evident susceptibility to the short ball.
Experts cannot agree on whether using dummies to calm fretful infants is safe or a potential health risk, according to a Midland researcher.
Its hero, a fretful young man named Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal), is a graphic artist with a vivid imagination and little worldly confidence.
Even though the fretful food police don't think so, Americans presented with reliable information have proved to be quite capable of making healthy choices without government mandates about what foods they must eat or avoid.
The women need to be medically checked and allowed to function in a safe environment, out of the way of both fretful residents and evil men.
Enticing fretful bag ladies beyond the unprepossessing frontage up to a luminous haven of luxury leather goods was Heatherwick's principal design challenge, and he has risen to the occasion with characteristic aplomb.
And from that moment he seemed fretful and ill at ease.
England unsurprisingly chose not to enforce the follow-on, on a pitch already offering ample turn and bounce, only to lose three wickets for eight runs to Peter Siddle to close day two of this second Investec Test on a fretful 31-3 themselves.
Incidentally, no eye contact on leaving and ignoring him when you return from outings can make his problem worse because they will make him more fretful about you leaving.
Several fretful residents of Prestbury telephoned the racecourse during the week-long Casualty shoot fearing their racecourse was being blown asunder before ink had dried on Edward Gillespie's long-term blueprint for grandstand and weighing room redevelopment.
When brought on stage the caged animal is fretful and clearly