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"abrasive" in British English

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abrasiveadjective

uk   us   /əˈbreɪ.sɪv/

abrasivenoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈbreɪ.sɪv/
a ​substance used for ​rubbing away the ​surface of something, usually to ​clean it or make it ​shiny: You'll need a ​strong abrasive for ​cleaning this ​sink.
(Definition of abrasive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abrasive" in American English

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abrasiveadjective

 us   /əˈbreɪ·sɪv, -zɪv/
  • abrasive adjective (ROUGH)

having a ​roughsurface that will ​rub off a ​thinlayer of another ​surface: The ​paint comes off with an abrasive steel-wool ​pad.
  • abrasive adjective (UNPLEASANT)

rude and ​unkind: His abrasive ​style puts ​people off.
(Definition of abrasive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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