To chafe is to cause irritation or pain by rubbing against something. If you're wearing a tight shirt, you might chafe your skin when you move.

  • The clothing was too tight, and was causing a lot of chafing.

  • The seat was too hard, and was causing a lot of chafing.

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Example Sentences for chafing

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    Straps can chafe or cut the skin.

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    Chafe is also likely to occur on the nipple.

  • 3

    Chafe and his party then returned to shipwreck camp.

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    Linguist Wallace Chafe finds the relationship unlikely.

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    Miners liked the pants, but complained that they tended to chafe.

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    Most students are chafing at the prospect of the upcoming exams.

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    The game was designed by Del Chafe and programmed by Wes Cumberland.

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    One common location for chafe to occur is the runner's upper thighs.

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    Toby continues to chafe under the yoke of his repressive stepfather.

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    Indeed, many Canadians chafe at the fact that the Queen is our Head of State.