1) The verb to fratch was in frequent use until recently, in the sense of to quarrel.

In the few early references noted it was in the form ‘fratching’

that is designed to cause disagreements. In a discussion in 1675 about legal requirements in a new Act of Parliament one Leeds man referred to it as a fratching paper. In 1714, a colliery steward in Colsterdale wrote to the landowner about the problems that he was experiencing but added: I shall not trouble your Honour with Fratching, Lying Stories … against any body .

dates 1675 1714

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