abrade :

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  • v  wear away
  • v  rub hard or scrub

  • It's enough to abrade the nerves of a discerning writer like myself, who sits through this fluff searching for needles in haystacks.
  • The fault for this lies in a script that would rather ingratiate than abrade, in direction that is content to realize, in documentary fashion, the ugly surfaces of asylum life.
  • Air pollutants abrade, corrode, tarnish, soil, erode, crack, weaken and discolor materials of all varieties.
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  • Quinn Is Chided for Missing Forum
    Ms. Quinn is known for a brash style that can often abrade, and her sidestepping of intimate settings like those at forums can be strategic, political analysts say.
    Aug. 13, 2013 - New York Times

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