[n] a small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch
[n] agitation resulting from active worry; "don't get in a stew"; "he's in a sweat about exams"
[v] wear away or erode
[v] remove soil or rock, as of wind or water; "Rain eroded the terraces"
[v] cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
[v] be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat"
[v] decorate with an interlaced design
[v] carve a pattern into
[v] be agitated or irritated
[v] gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The unjustice rankled her"
[v] cause annoyance in
[v] worry unnecessarily of excessively
[v] become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
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chafe, chafe, choke, eat away, eat into, erode, fray, fuss, gag, gall, grate, lather, niggle, rankle, rub, scratch, stew, sweat, swither