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Fray, subst. 1) a fight, a battle: “to the latter end of a f.” H4A IV, 2, 85. “in this bloody f.” V, 4, 108. “after that bloody f. at Wakefield fought,” H6C II, 1, 107.
2) a violent riot attended with bloodshed: “he was not at this f.” Rom. I, 1, 124. Rom. I, 1, 124 III, 1, 146. III, 1, 146 Caes. II, 4, 18.
3) a single combat, whether with swords or words or at fisticuffs: “there is a f. to be fought between Sir Hugh and Caius,” Wiv. II, 1, 208. “to part a f.” Ado V, 1, 114; LLL V, 2, 484; Shr. I, 2, 23. Mids. III, 2, 129. Mids. III, 2, 129 Mids. III, 2, 129 “thou that makest the f.” Merch. III, 2, 62. III, 4, 68.
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