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Chafe, vb., 1) trans. a) to heat, to warm: “he --s her lips,” Ven. 477. “fain would I go to c. his paly lips with twenty thousand kisses,” H6B III, 2, 141.
b) to inflame, to make furious: her intercession “--d him so,” Gentl. III, 1, 233. “I c. you, if I tarry,” Shr. II, 243. Partic. chafed: “have I not heard the sea puffed up with winds rage like an angry boar chafed with sweat?” Shr. I, 2, 203 (the sweat of the boar being compared with the foam of the sea). “a --d bull,” H6C II, 5, 126. “are you --d?” H8 I, 1, 123. “lion,” III, 2, 206. “their high blood --d,” III, 2, 206. “being once --d,” Cor. III, 3, 27. “the --d boar,” Tit. IV, 2, 138.
2) refl.: “do not c. thee, cousin,” Troil. IV, 5, 260.
3) intr., to fret, to fume, to rage: “he will c. at the doctor's marrying my daughter,” Wiv. V, 3, 9. “Paris so --d,” Troil. I, 2, 181. “take no care who --s, who frets,” Mcb. IV, 1, 91. Used of the sea: “I would you did but see how it --s, how it rages,” Wint. III, 3, 89. “the murmuring surge that on the unnumbered idle pebbles --s,” Lr. IV, 6, 21. Of a swollen river: “the troubled Tiber --ing with her shores,” Caes. I, 2, 101. And so, perhaps, we ought to read also in Tim. I, 1, 25: our gentle flame provokes itself and like the current flies each bound it chafes with. What have you here? (chafes as a dissyllable. O. Edd. chases. What etc. M. Edd. chafes. What etc.)
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