chafe - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlechafing
past tensechafed
past participlechafed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to feel annoyed and impatient about something that stops you doing what you want
    chafe at/under:

    We were all beginning to chafe a little under such close supervision.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to rub the skin on a part of your body and make it sore

    The collar had been chafing his neck.

    The straps of the backpack were beginning to chafe.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to rub a part of your body in order to make it warm
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  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    used in cookery to describe when someone overworks scone dough, so that it ends up with too much air in itSubmitted from United Kingdom on 30/08/2010