EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHAFE

I chafe under dependence, and I know not how to assert my freedom.

That he was beginning to chafe, to fret, and shuffle his feet only added to my dismay.

He rolled him over on his back and began to chafe his hands.

Watch that your pride does not chafe them—your power does not wantonly gall.

Planks, secured to the rail by lines, were then run down to bear the chafe.

And now he began to chafe because he was delaying the march.

Ernest began to chafe at this, for he had heard it so often, but he said nothing.

How did they fume, and stamp, and roar, and chafe And swear not Addison himself was safe.

All he did was to chafe his skin and make his wrists throb with pain.

They will, I fear, chafe her own nature more than she can improve theirs.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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