“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.
They will, I fear, chafe her own nature more than she can improve theirs.
The very beating of the rain, the adverse wind, seemed to chafe his spirits and excite his courage.
The general is sore upon this point; you will only chafe him.
Couldn't the chafe, now, take an army out in his doubled-barrelled canoes, an' commince the work av convarsion?
Adrian knelt beside her, and began gently to chafe it with both hands.
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.