Fret in a sentence as a noun

When you pluck the string, you can feel it vibrate in your fretting hand.

Lots and lots of people constantly fret about being "depressed".

Don't fret with how old you are, where you live, or any other thing that you have no control over.

My mom doesn't fret about the few hundred bucks she may put into her quilts, even if she doesn't make a dime off of them.

Rather than fret about where to put things, and how much objects should do, they have two neat categories to choose from.

*They're hex strings ffs. Can we stop pretending we're so prude and perfect, call out the real offensive stuff and not fret over this kind of irrelevance?

But with the guitar, the timber and pitch change depending on how you fret the note, on the finger pressure and position and motion.

Fret in a sentence as a verb

When I was a teenager I used to fret that the teachers were showing me the simple models first because they were fools, or because they thought we were fools.

And the billionaire's wife won't fret if the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary to even test the business all go to waste because nobody buys their donuts.

While we fret over Facebook running slow on 2010-era Android phones, micro-economies are thriving thanks to feature phones in Africa's poorest regions.

The only difference between those "great developers" and those replaceable workers is that corporate America hasn't figured out how to make software developers into interchangeable cogs yet. But don't fret, people are working on it.

The advantage of this is that we know them, they know us, and they’re aligned enough not to fret about any conflicts of interest which might arise between Stack Exchange and Trello because they have big stakes in both.

This is not a "this group vs. that group" thing; you may find this among "fire and brimstone" Democrats just as often as your "Limburgh Republicans".I've often said the difference between these groups is: given 100 people asking for a free meal, the liberal will take satisfaction in feeding 99 hungry ones; this type of conservative will fret over the one person who "got away with" getting a free lunch he could have afforded himself.

Fret definitions


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

See also: stew sweat lather swither


a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion


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


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


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

See also: fuss niggle


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


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


become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

See also: chafe gall


cause annoyance in


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

See also: rankle grate


carve a pattern into


decorate with an interlaced design


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

See also: choke


cause friction; "my sweater scratches"

See also: fray chafe scratch


remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces"

See also: erode


wear away or erode