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noun [countable] fringe pronunciation in American English /frɪndʒ/
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  1. 1
    the outer edge of something
    factories on the northern fringe of the city
  2. 2
    people or activities that are considered strange or extreme
    Their views belong to the wilder fringes of European politics.
    on the fringe/fringes: He has been forced to live on the fringes of society.
    1. a.
      activities that are connected with a major public event but are not an official part of it
      the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
      He made a speech on the fringe of the conference.
    2. b.
  3. 3
    a row of fibers or thin pieces of cloth that hangs down from a piece of cloth or clothing
    a blue scarf with long black fringes
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  4. 4
    British hair cut in bangs
    My fringe needs cutting.


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