“Clinton was even more bizarre, because of his lack of discipline,” chafe said.
But it does chafe to be arrested by language cops when you are in fact driving in the right lane.
I miss the strife His shrunken staff, his hungry wife Inflame chafe!
Some people may simply find ways to sever their awkward ties that chafe.
He took one of the limp hands in his and began to chafe it, while Mrs. Tanberry grasped the other.
That he was beginning to chafe, to fret, and shuffle his feet only added to my dismay.
The very beating of the rain, the adverse wind, seemed to chafe his spirits and excite his courage.
Watch that your pride does not chafe them—your power does not wantonly gall.
Couldn't the chafe, now, take an army out in his doubled-barrelled canoes, an' commince the work av convarsion?
Planks, secured to the rail by lines, were then run down to bear the chafe.
early 14c., chaufen, c.1300, "be provoked;" late 14c. in literal sense "to make warm, to heat," also intransitive, "to grow warm or hot," especially (early 15c.) "to warm by rubbing," from Old French chaufer "heat, warm up, become warm" (12c., Modern French chauffer), from Vulgar Latin *calefare, from Latin calefacere "to make hot, make warm," from calere "be warm" (see calorie) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
Figurative sense from late 14c. include now-obsolete "kindle (joy), inspire, make passionate" as well as "provoke, vex, anger." Sense of "make sore by rubbing" first recorded 1520s. Related: Chafed; chafing.
v. chafed, chaf·ing, chafes
To cause irritation of the skin by friction.