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Then I lashed her in her chair, and frayed out the end of the rope to make it look natural, else they would wonder how in the world a burglar could have got up there to cut it.
But if you're coming you'd better put on a warmer cloak,' said Vasili Andreevich, smiling again as he winked at Nikita's short sheepskin coat, which was torn under the arms and at the back, was greasy and out of shape, frayed to a fringe round the skirt, and had endured many things in its lifetime.
He had caught hold of one of the frayed ropes which hung down through apertures in the oaken roof.
Then I looked down, and there was the rising blister on my hand where it was frayed by the rope of the city bell.
He proceeded to dress, a matter of moments, slipping into duck trousers and blouse, dirty and frayed from long usage.
Across from the bar a smaller counter held a collection of plates upon which swarmed frayed fragments of crackers, slices of boiled ham, dishevelled bits of cheese, and pickles swimming in vinegar.
The Sheep eating the acorns inadvertently frayed and tore the cloak.
A general laugh followed this sally at the dentist's expense, in the midst of which the gleeman placed his battered harp upon his knee, and began to pick out a melody upon the frayed strings.
More than anything else in the world, my frayed and frazzled mind wanted surcease from weariness in the way it knew surcease would come.
It could not be--not in those faded overalls, too long in the legs and frayed at the bottoms.
That was the most incongruous of all-- the overalls, frayed at the bottoms, dragged down at the heels, and held up by a narrow leather belt around the hips such as laborers wear.
Peg was dressed in her usual short drugget skirt, rather worn and frayed around the bottom, and a waist of brilliant turkey red calico.