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English definition of “chafe”

chafe

verb uk   /tʃeɪf/ us  

chafe verb (RUB)

[I or T] to make or become damaged or sore by rubbing: The bracelet was so tight that it started to chafe (my wrist). [T] old-fashioned to warm a part of the body by rubbing

chafe verb (BE ANNOYED)

[I usually + adv/prep] to be or become annoyed or lose patience because of rules or limits: We have been chafing under petty regulations for too long.
(Definition of chafe from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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