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 for chafe
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chafe \Chafe\, v. i.
     To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by
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           Made its great boughs chafe together.    --Longfellow.
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           The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores. --Shak.
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     2. To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.
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     3. To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be
        irritated. --Spenser.
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              He will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chafe \Chafe\ (ch[=a]f), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chafed
     (ch[=a]ft); p pr. & vb. n. Chafing.] [OE. chaufen to warm,
     OF. chaufer, F. chauffer, fr. L. calefacere, calfacere, to
     make warm; calere to be warm + facere to make. See
     1. To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to
        stimulate and make warm.
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              To rub her temples, and to chafe her skin.
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     2. To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
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              Her intercession chafed him.          --Shak.
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     3. To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.
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              Two slips of parchment which she sewed round it to
              prevent its being chafed.             --Sir W.
     Syn: To rub; fret; gall; vex; excite; inflame.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chafe \Chafe\, n.
     1. Heat excited by friction.
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     2. Injury or wear caused by friction.
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     3. Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.
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              The cardinal in a chafe sent for him to Whitehall.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: soreness and warmth caused by friction; "he had a nasty
           chafe on his knee"
      2: anger produced by some annoying irritation [syn: annoyance,
         chafe, vexation]
      v 1: become or make sore by or as if by rubbing [syn: chafe,
           gall, fret]
      2: feel extreme irritation or anger; "He was chafing at her
         suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
      3: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations;
         "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It
         irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
         [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at,
         irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex,
         chafe, devil]
      4: tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading; "This
         leash chafes the dog's neck" [syn: chafe, excoriate]
      5: cause friction; "my sweater scratches" [syn: rub, fray,
         fret, chafe, scratch]
      6: warm by rubbing, as with the hands

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  255 Moby Thesaurus words for "chafe":
     ablate, ablation, abrade, abrase, abrasion, abrasive, afflict,
     aggravate, agonize, ail, annoy, arouse, attrition, bark, be livid,
     be pissed, bite, blemish, bloody, bluster, boil, bother, break,
     bristle, browned off, bruise, buffing, burn, burn to, burnishing,
     carry on, chafing, check, chip, claw, concussion, convulse, cook,
     corrode, crack, crackle, craze, crucify, cut, damage, detrition,
     distress, dressing, electric-heat, embitter, embitterment, erase,
     erasure, erode, erosion, exacerbate, exacerbation, exasperate,
     excoriate, excruciate, exercise, fester, file, filing, fire,
     fire up, flash burn, flay, foment, fracture, fray, frazzle, fret,
     fret and fume, fretting, fume, fuss, gall, galling, gas-heat, gash,
     get excited, give pain, gnaw, gnaw away, go on, grate, grate on,
     gravel, graze, grazing, grind, grinding, gripe, grit, hardly wait,
     harrow, hasten, have a conniption, heat, heat up, hot, hot up,
     hot-air-heat, hot-water-heat, huff, hurt, impair, incense, incise,
     incision, inflame, inflict pain, injure, injury, irk, irritant,
     irritate, irritation, itch to, jump the gun, kill by inches,
     lacerate, laceration, lesion, limation, maim, make mincemeat of,
     make sore, martyr, martyrize, maul, miff, mortal wound, mull,
     mutilate, mutilation, nettle, nip, overheat, pain, peel, peeve,
     pierce, pinch, pique, pissed off, polishing, preheat, prick,
     prolong the agony, provocation, provoke, puncture, put to torture,
     rack, rage, raise Cain, raise hell, raise the devil,
     raise the roof, rankle, rant, rant and rave, rasp, rasping, rave,
     raze, recook, reheat, rend, rent, rile, rip, roil, rub, rub away,
     rub off, rub out, rubbing away, ruffle, run, rupture, sandblasting,
     sanding, savage, scald, scorch, scotch, scour, scouring, scrape,
     scraping, scratch, scratching, scrub, scrubbing, scuff,
     second-degree burn, seethe, set on edge, set up, shining, simmer,
     sizzle, skin, slash, slit, smoke, smolder, smoothing, sore,
     soreness, sprain, squirm, stab, stab wound, steam, stew, stick,
     sting, stir the blood, stir up, stoke up, storm, strain, superheat,
     sweat, sweat and stew, sweat it out, take on, tear, tepefy,
     third-degree burn, throw a fit, torment, torture, trauma,
     traumatize, tweak, twist, vex, wait impatiently, warm, warm over,
     warm up, wear, wear away, wearing away, work up, worry, wound,
     wounds immedicable, wrench, wring

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