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chafe (verb) make sore by rubbing; make warm by rubbing; be annoyed, irritated, and impatient.

When your skin chafes, or when something chafes you, something rubs against your skin, making it sore, that is, making the skin red and swollen, with bits of the skin coming off. A tight-necked shirt might chafe your neck, because of which, your skin around the neck becomes sore, and is painful. Tight handcuffs around the wrist, and tied chains around the ankles might chafe the wrists or the ankles. That is, the skin around the wrists and the ankles become red and swollen, and bits of skin may come off. Warming by rubbing is also chafing. When it is very cold, we warm our hands by rubbing them together to feel warm. Then you chafe your hands to feel warm. When a doctor chafes a patient's hand when their temperature drops, they rub the patient's hands to warm it. When you are annoyed and impatient because something is stopping you from what you want, you chafe. When you are in a hurry to meet someone, and if your car breaks down, with no help around, you chafe, that is, you feel annoyed and impatient. When a new law imposes too many restrictions on you, you feel annoyed, that is, you chafe.

  • The shorts being too tight for Mickey, is chafing his thighs and groins, and he is unable to walk.
  • All the boys and girls, on an outing in the woods, were chafing their hands before the fire, to feel warm, as the evening was cold.
  • Senior citizens are chafing at the new tax law as it requires them to pay a higher tax than before. They naturally are annoyed that it cuts into their hard-earned savings.
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