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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of chafe.

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  • adjective painful from having the skin abraded


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  • In 1882, Mark Twain chafed at the expense of sending large manuscripts through the mail, a hardship remedied these days by digital files.

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  • He fiercely fought for his artistic freedom, creating the so-called "outlaw" movement - a term he chafed under - that would eventually envelop artists like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.

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  • Once in the Justice Department, she proved an able cog in the Bush administration's political machine, meeting with Republican activists in 2006 to help plot the firing of New Mexico's prestigious US Attorney David Iglesias, a fellow Republican who "chafed" against administration initiatives.

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  • I found the Academy to have a lot of extra rules and regulations, and it kind of chafed me.

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  • I found the academy to have a lot of extra rules and regulations, and it kind of chafed me.

    ‘Mercenary Is a Slanderous Term’

  • In early August, as GM prepared for its post-bankruptcy IPO, the board sought a multiyear commitment from its then-CEO and chairman, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. Instead, Mr. Whitacre, who had chafed at government control of GM, said he would step down.

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  • Though Greeks have chafed under austerity measures, recent polls show the majority of the country's population wants to retain the euro.

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  • Some senior regulators have chafed at the growing clout that Bank of England officials already wield, according to recently departed officials.

    UBS to Test U.K. Regulator

  • My chafed nipples ache against my now saturated shirt.


  • Although he chafed at times at her uncomforting honesty, he knew it was the thing—sometimes the only thing—that kept them from losing forever the authenticity they had once believed incorruptible.

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