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Fray vs. Chafe

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Frayverb

(ambitransitive) To (cause to) unravel; used particularly for the edge of something made of cloth, or the end of a rope.

‘The ribbon frayed at the cut end.’;

Chafenoun

Heat excited by friction.

Frayverb

To cause exhaustion, wear out (a person's mental strength).

‘The hectic day ended in frayed nerves. (Metaphorical use; nerves are visualised as strings)’;

Chafenoun

Injury or wear caused by friction.

Frayverb

frighten; alarm

Chafenoun

Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.

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Frayverb

(transitive) To bear the expense of; to defray.

Chafenoun

(archaic) An expression of opinionated conflict.

Frayverb

(intransitive) To rub.

Chafeverb

(transitive) To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.

Fraynoun

A fight or argument

‘Though they did not know the reason for the dispute, they did not hesitate to leap into the fray.’;

Chafeverb

(transitive) To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.

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Fraynoun

(archaic) Fright.

Chafeverb

(transitive) To fret and wear by rubbing.

‘to chafe a cable’;

Fraynoun

An angry quarrel; an affray; contest; combat; broil.

‘Who began this bloody fray?’;

Chafeverb

(intransitive) To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.

Fraynoun

A fret or chafe, as in cloth; a place injured by rubbing.

Chafeverb

(intransitive) To be worn by rubbing.

‘A cable chafes.’;

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Frayverb

To frighten; to terrify; to alarm.

‘What frays ye, that were wont to comfort me affrayed?’;

Chafeverb

(intransitive) To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.

Frayverb

To bear the expense of; to defray.

‘The charge of my most curious and costly ingredients frayed, I shall acknowledge myself amply satisfied.’;

Chafeverb

To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.

‘To rub her temples, and to chafe her skin.’;

Frayverb

To rub; to wear off, or wear into shreds, by rubbing; to fret, as cloth; as, a deer is said to fray her head.

Chafeverb

To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.

‘Her intercession chafed him.’;

Frayverb

To rub.

‘We can show the marks he madeWhen 'gainst the oak his antlers frayed.’;

Chafeverb

To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.

‘Two slips of parchment which she sewed round it to prevent its being chafed.’;

Frayverb

To wear out or into shreads, or to suffer injury by rubbing, as when the threads of the warp or of the woof wear off so that the cross threads are loose; to ravel; as, the cloth frays badly.

‘A suit of frayed magnificience.’;

Chafeverb

To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.

‘Made its great boughs chafe together.’; ‘The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores.’;

Fraynoun

a noisy fight

Chafeverb

To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.

Frayverb

wear away by rubbing;

‘The friction frayed the sleeve’;

Chafeverb

To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.

‘He will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter.’;

Frayverb

cause friction;

‘my sweater scratches’;

Chafenoun

Heat excited by friction.

Chafenoun

Injury or wear caused by friction.

Chafenoun

Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.

‘The cardinal in a chafe sent for him to Whitehall.’;

Chafenoun

soreness and warmth caused by friction;

‘he had a nasty chafe on his knee’;

Chafenoun

anger produced by some annoying irritation

Chafeverb

become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

Chafeverb

feel extreme irritation or anger;

‘He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation’;

Chafeverb

cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations;

‘Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me’; ‘It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves’;

Chafeverb

tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading;

‘This leash chafes the dog's neck’;

Chafeverb

cause friction;

‘my sweater scratches’;

Chafeverb

warm by rubbing, as with the hands

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