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v. chafed, chaf·ing, chafes
1. To wear away or irritate by rubbing or friction: The collar chafed my neck.
2. To annoy; vex: "It chafed him no end to be under obligation to her" (Carson McCullers).
3. To warm by rubbing, as with the hands.
1. To cause irritation by rubbing or friction: The high collar chafed against my neck.
2. To become worn or sore from rubbing or friction: His skin chafed where the cast had been.
3. To feel irritated or impatient: They chafed at the delay. The reporters chafed under the new restrictions.
1. Warmth, wear, or soreness produced by friction.
2. Annoyance; vexation.

[Middle English chafen, from Old French chaufer, to warm, from Vulgar Latin *calefāre, alteration of Latin calefacere : calēre, to be warm; see kelə- in Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.chafing - soreness or irritation of the skin caused by friction
intertrigo - chafing between two skin surfaces that are in contact (as in the armpit or under the breasts or between the thighs)
soreness, tenderness, rawness - a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched); "the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness"; "after taking a cold, rawness of the larynx and trachea come on"
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And glad should we be, could we inform the reader that both these bodies had been attended with equal success; for those who undertook the care of the lady succeeded so well, that, after the fit had continued a decent time, she again revived, to their great satisfaction: but as to the captain, all experiments of bleeding, chafing, dropping, &c., proved ineffectual.
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The poor schoolmaster sat in the same place, holding the small cold hand in his, and chafing it.
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