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Related to fringy: catch up, in earnest, the likes of, readied

fim·bri·a

, pl.

fim·bri·ae

(fim'brē-ă, -brē-ē),
1. Any fringelike structure. Synonym(s): fringe
2. Synonym(s): pilus (2)
[L. fringe]

fringe

adjective Referring to healthcare methods and philosophies that lie between therapies representing possible viable alternatives to mainstream medical treatment (e.g., acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and others) and those that are purely speculative, questionable or frankly unethical (e.g., laetrile, psychic surgery).

fringe

adjective Referring to health care methods and philosophies that lie between therapies that may represent viable alternatives to mainstream medical treatment–eg acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and others, and those that are purely speculative, questionable, or frankly unethical–eg laetrile, psychic surgery. Cf Alternative, Integrative, Mainstream Note: In the present work, the author uses the terms fringe medicine, fringe nutrition, fringe oncology, fringe pharmacology, and others to refer to this 'gray area' of alternative health.

fringe

(frinj)
Colloquial adjectival usage for unproven or incompletely accepted health care modalities; often perceived as pejorative by practitioners of these alternative methods.
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Perhaps that's why people tend to refer to you as the brazen bobbed babe or the shy fringy gal.
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But mostly, he just wanted the mike in his hand so he could do his impassioned, grimacing, Elvis-like thing, albeit sans the fringy jumpsuit.
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Fringy stuff back then, perhaps, but don't think that Robertson didn't have something to do with plowing the ground to rural Ohioans whom Rove was able to convince to vote against their own best economic interests in the name of "values," the meaning of which we'll still be pondering when the four-year cycle trips around once more.
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Faint stars are widely dispersed towards the fringy edges, extending into the rich star-field.
"One of the secrets to understanding the current phenomenon is that, although a lot of folks still think of the ukulele as pretty fringy and off the pop culture radar, it actually was hugely popular at two other times in the last century," he said.
Commercial outlook is dicey except in very fringy situations.