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I'll bet money she done it just t' rasp his feelin's—and she sure succeeded.

But why rasp your nerves and spoil your digestion by so fuming over their politics?

Again she heard the rasp of his metallic voice with its brisk derision.

Instantly, with a rasp of thunder, it was gone, and the air was stifling.

We use the lightest shoe, truly fitted with the rasp, not burned on.

His throat was like sandpaper and the words came out in a rasp.

The rasp of the hand-saw informed him that he had been obeyed.

Chance for me to rasp him, hey, by wishing you onto the family?

But neither Gregory nor Dickie Lang heard the rasp of the starting mechanism.

You play like an angel on that mouth harp of yores, Sam, but you talk like a rasp.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "to scrape," from Middle Dutch raspen and from Old French rasper (Modern French râper) "to grate, rasp," which is perhaps from a West Germanic source (cf. Old English gehrespan) akin to the root of raffle. Vocalic sense is from 1843. Related: Rasped; rasping.

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