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English definition of “chafe”

chafe

verb (RUB)    /tʃeɪf/
[I or T] to make or become damaged or sore by rubbing : The bracelet was so tight that it started to chafe (my wrist ).Scratching and rubbing [T] old-fashioned to warm a part of the body by rubbing Scratching and rubbing
(Definition of chafe verb (RUB) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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