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Definition of chafe:

  1. Heat excited by friction.
  2. Injury or wear caused by friction.
  3. To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.
  4. To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.
  5. To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
  6. To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.
  7. To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.
  8. To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
  9. Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.

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