Synonyms for Chafe:
n.massage, knead, run, buff. go off at the deep end, rise to, mind, lose your cool, see red, snap, hold against, lose your temper (with), fly into a temper/rage, bug, ruffle, lose it, feelings, provoke. •chafe (noun)
excoriate, gravel, get to, scratch, rile, annoyance, fray, vexation, rub, gall, vex, fret, nark, get at, bother, irritate, nettle, rag, annoy.
perturb, enrage, bother, irk, discompose, pester, trouble, annoy, exacerbate, tease, needle, peeve, antagonize, rankle, exasperate, upset, bedevil, badger, vex, envenom, nag, infuriate, bait, arouse, harry, hassle.
vex, harass, rasp, rub, irk, fret, exasperate, provoke, annoy, bother.
scrape, resist, fret, scrub, harass, irritate, rasp, wear, rub, abrade, grind, disturb, aggravate, grate.
anguish, rack, crick, ache, throe, pain, cramp, hurt, smart, sting, distress, throb, suffer, discomfort, inflame, torment, sore, stitch, wrench, agonize, torture, afflict.
•rub, grind against (verb)
hurt, irritate, grate, abrade, scratch, ruffle, wear, gall, excoriate, inflame, scrape.
Usage examples for chafe
If ever these men, planning perhaps their first ill deed, were struck dumb with astonishment, it was to see the gentleman they were intending to rob take up their comrade in his arms, drag him towards the carriage- lamps, rub snow on his face, and chafe his heavy hands. – John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik