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chafe

verb

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  1. 1 to make sore by continued rubbing ill-fitting boots that had badly chafed my heels Synonyms of chafe abrade, excoriate, fret, gall, irritate Words Related to chafe graze, scrape, scratch; burn, inflame (also enflame); flay, peel, skin

  2. 2 to damage or diminish by continued friction constant stepping on a rope will gradually chafe it, rendering it unsafe for rock climbing Synonyms of chafe abrade, corrade, erode, fray, frazzle, fret, gall, rasp, rub, wearWords Related to chafe file, gnaw, grate, graze, grind, nibble, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, scrape, scuff, shave; erase, reduce, rub out, wear out, wipe (away); bite, break down, break up, chew, corrode, decompose, disintegrate, dissolve, eat; hone, sharpen, whet

  3. 3 to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts nothing chafes us so much as those telemarketers who call during the dinner hour Synonyms of chafe aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), irritate, eat, exasperate, frost, gall, get, grate, gripe, hack (off), irk, itch, nark [British], nettle, peeve, persecute, pique, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, vexWords Related to chafe hassle, heckle; nag; inflame (also enflame), provoke, rouse; badger, bait, bullyrag (also ballyrag), devil, hagride, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle, roil; agitate, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, exercise, freak (out), fret, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, miff, offend, outrageNear Antonyms of chafe appease, conciliate, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; assure, cheer, comfort, console, content, quiet, reassure, solace, soothe


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