PiQuestion: Can Someone Explain the Origin of the Phrase, 'Flinch From the Fray'?
I am simply being inquisitive, so if you would provide a fin, detailed answer, then I thank you.
The 'Fray' originally is battle. The phrase is meant to convey cowardice - flinching - but nowadays probably tends to be used commercially, with the 'Fray' being the cut and thrust of daily life, the 'cut and thrust' being another phrase with its origins in mediaeval warfare, but just as applicable in modern warfare... or business.
The above answer is most likely the correct one when "fray" is used with "flinch". Another meaning for "fray" is the wearing out/down of material...like a rug becomes frayed at the edges or a Deer rubs the velvet off their horns.
But my best guess is that "flinch from the fray" means they are pulling away from the noise/battle/quarrel.
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