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1‘the collar chafed his neck’
abrade, graze, grate, rub against, rub painfully, gall, skin, scrape, scratch, rasp
2‘I chafed her feet and wrapped the blanket around her’
rub, warm, warm up
3‘material chafed by the rock’
wear away, wear down, wear out, wear to shreds, fray, tatter, erode, abrade, scour, rasp, scrape away, gnaw away at, bite into
4‘the bank chafed at the restrictions imposed on it’
be impatient, be angry, be annoyed, be irritated, be incensed, be exasperated, be frustrated
fume, brood, fuss, upset oneself
informal blow one's top, blow a fuse
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