chafe Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"chafe" in British English

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chafeverb

uk   us   /tʃeɪf/

chafe verb (RUB)

[I or T] to make or ​becomedamaged 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 ​becomeannoyed or ​losepatience because of ​rules or ​limits: We have been chafing underpettyregulations for too ​long.
(Definition of chafe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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chafeverb

 us   /tʃeɪf/

chafe verb (RUB)

[I/T] to make or ​becomedamaged or ​sore by ​rubbing: [T] That ​bracelet chafed my ​wrist.

chafe verb (BE ANNOYED)

[I always + adv/prep] to be or ​becomeannoyed or ​losepatience: Some ​students chafed at the ​increasedsecuritypresence.
(Definition of chafe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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