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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of chaff.


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  • But, although they "chaffed" them, the kind people helped them none the less good-naturedly in completing their equipment, the old captain's

    Fritz and Eric The Brother Crusoes

  • Deleah gone, Franky gone, it was very snug there, especially when the winter evenings came on, and the poor widow stayed late in her shop while he and Bessie sat and "chaffed," as he called it, alone.

    Mrs. Day's Daughters

  • When the runners "chaffed" him, nevertheless, it was in a mild way, and with manifest respect for his muscle, -- a sentiment in no way diminished when he suddenly clutched one of the least cautious among them by the nape of the neck, and held him out at arm's-length, for some seconds, over the drowny water that kept lazily licking at the green moss on the old stakes of the rickety pier.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

  • Harpax is unmercifully "chaffed" by Simo and Ballio.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

  • Yet some men _had_ "chaffed" him, and found out to their cost that they had picked upon the wrong sort of man; for if he was slow with his tongue he was quick with his hands, and knew how to use them in a manner which had given intense pleasure to numerous gentry who, in South Sea ports, delight to witness a "mill" in default of being able to take part in it themselves.

    Tessa 1901

  • Our Rector has often "chaffed" this worthy gentleman on his midnight adventure, saying, waggishly, "there was more in it than met the eye."

    Pickwickian Studies

  • At first they "chaffed" and worried me a good deal because of my silence, but at last they began to think I was "religious," and then they ceased to torment me.

    Mark Rutherford's Deliverance

  • Long before the ladder arrived that was to succor him, he became the sworn ally of Melons, and, I regret to say, incited by the same audacious boy, "chaffed" his own flesh and blood below him.

    Urban Sketches

  • He "chaffed" her freely, and Mrs. Bundle liked to be treated with respect.

    A Flat Iron for a Farthing or Some Passages in the Life of an only Son

  • I have been unmercifully "chaffed" for the absurd idea that a paper-eating worm could be kept a prisoner in a paper box.

    The Enemies of Books


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