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English definition of “friction”


noun [U] (DISAGREEMENT)    /ˈfrɪk.ʃən/
disagreement or unfriendliness caused by people having different opinions : There's a lot of friction between my wife and my mother . Politics is a source of considerable friction in our family . Border clashes have led to increased friction between the two countries .Arguments and disagreements
(Definition of friction noun (DISAGREEMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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