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  • n  a frame of iron bars to hold a fire
  • n  a harsh rasping sound made by scraping something
  • n  a barrier that has parallel or crossed bars blocking a passage but admitting air
  • v  furnish with a grate
    a grated fireplace
  • v  gnaw into; make resentful or angry
  • v  reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface
    grate carrots and onions
    grate nutmeg
  • v  make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
    grate one's teeth in anger
  • v  scratch repeatedly

  • To use it, he places a large log toward the rear of the grate, two smaller ones toward the front, and a fourth log, slightly smaller than the first, on the adjustable arms (see .
  • On the way to America, aboard one of three ships that would land at Jamestown, one passenger seemed to grate on the rest like a splintered oar.
  • The grate is warm, but soon the moisture from the steam has soaked his newspapers and begins to gather on his clothes.
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  • Steve Renouf in
    It's great. It is. When you're in it, it's great. In saying that, a lot of guys will agree, it can grate on you a little bit. Just that fact of going down the street and being noticed. Sometimes you don't want to be (noticed),Renouf said....
  • Rio Ferdinand in Times Online
    It does grate with us that it's come down to this,Ferdinand said. "We should have won the game in Copenhagen and it was the same again against Celtic. [Both games were lost 1-0.] We couldn't have controlled two games more than we did...
  • Myleene Klass in Daily Star
    Myleene said: "We're not here to please the purists. They are not going to like this show at all. They don't like there being a crossover with the mainstream or even the term 'pop opera'. So to put the idea on a primetime show will grate against...

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