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verb chafe pronunciation in American English /tʃeɪf/
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present tense
I/you/we/theychafe
he/she/itchafes
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 backpack’s straps were beginning to chafe.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to rub a part of your body in order to make it warm
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