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How about using "fraught" without its being followed by a prepositional phrase--e.g., "a fraught relationship"? It seems to be becoming more common, but it doesn't quite set right on my ears (or eyes). –  David Crow Dec 19 '13 at 16:29
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Yes, it is correct here. If something is fraught with x, it is full of x. This x is usually a bad thing, and there is a lot of it. Here are a few xamples:

  • The journey was fraught with peril.
  • You failed the test because your answers were fraught with grammar mistakes.
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+1 I would also point out that fraught is rather archaic sounding, and can have an unintentionally humorous effect at times. I sometimes like to use the word freighted in the same context just because it's a little fresher (although it comes from the same root). [I accidentally put this as an answer instead of a comment] –  Robusto Jan 24 '11 at 4:49
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Next time I'm looking for a putdown, I will have to try out "Thou art fraught with excrement." –  Hellion Jan 24 '11 at 5:14
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"The victim was fraught with fright after the fight" –  HorusKol Jan 24 '11 at 6:57
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According to the OED, fraught is used to describe situations or a course of action; I don't think it's applicable to a physical thing like a ship. It just sounds wrong. –  user3444 Jan 24 '11 at 8:54
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I'm not entirely sure if fraught can be applied to any physical thing, perhaps because I've only ever heard it in phrases like 'fraught with peril' or even 'She was fraught' (as in very upset). I see no technical reason why, it just doesn't 'gel' with me. –  user3444 Jan 24 '11 at 15:40
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