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friction (noun) the action of one surface against another or one body rubbing against another; disagreement or difference of opinion between two people.

When there is friction between two objects, they rub against each other, causing both of them to wear away. If there is friction between two parts of a machine, they rub against each other, generate heat, and cause the machine to break down. When two people or groups of people have differences of opinion or disagreement between them, causing quarrels between them, there is friction between them. When they are unfriendly openly, there is friction between them, leading to frequent exchange of words or loud quarrels.

  • The friction between the US and the former USSR was almost always evident in the attacks they used to make against each other in the UN debates during the Cold War period. What one proposed the other always opposed.
  • The differences between Nelson and his wife over whether she should work or stay a homemaker caused constant friction between them, and led to a divorce finally.
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