grates

present tense third-person singular of grate
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as in scratches
to pass roughly and noisily over or against a surface the sled grated along the bare pavement

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as in grits
to press or strike against or together so as to make a scraping sound he grated the pieces of metal together

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“Grates.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/grates. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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