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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHAFING

Wilson, chafing under the delay, was obliged to admit to himself that it was best.

She had stepped across to that side, and held the hand between her own two, chafing it.

The latter was worked up by the chafing speeches of the Marshal.

Roaring and chafing like an angry sea, the crowd pressed after them.

By this time the first man was chafing to take a second turn.

And so Tresler had to be content; ill at ease, chafing, but quite powerless.

Robbie had recovered his wakefulness, and was kneeling at Sim's feet, chafing his hands.

Mercy was down on her knees beside the insensible man, chafing his hands.

The chafing of his horses had penetrated to his numbing brain.

It is wonderful the amount of pleasure and satisfaction that can be had with a Chafing Dish.

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CHAFING

abrasion

nounscraping or wearing down by friction

abrasions

nounscraping or wearing down by friction
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.