Fretwork
Fretwork Fret"work, n. [6th fret + work.] Work adorned with frets; ornamental openwork or work in relief, esp. when elaborate and minute in its parts. Hence, any minute play of light and shade, dark and light, or the like. [1913 Webster]

Banqueting on the turf in the fretwork of shade and sunshine. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • fretwork — The extra work that goes into producing a news story, designed to make it that bit more worrying. Every writer who got hold of the story added a little fretwork of her own …   Dictionary of american slang

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  • fretwork — [[t]fre̱twɜː(r)k[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N n Fretwork is wood or metal that has been decorated by cutting bits of it out to make a pattern …   English dictionary

  • fretwork — /ˈfrɛtwɜk / (say fretwerk) noun 1. ornamental work consisting of interlacing parts, especially work in which the design is formed by perforation. 2. any pattern of dark and light, such as that of perforated fretwork …   Australian English dictionary

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