chafe at

chafe at (something)

To feel or express annoyance in response to something. Bruce chafed at the idea that the new hire he was training made more money than him. You could tell he was chafing at the reporter's questions, but he still declined to comment.
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chafe at something

Fig. to be irritated or annoyed at something. Jane chafed at the criticism for a long time afterward. Jerry chafed for a while at what Ken had said.
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I, too, chafe at restrictions that seem arbitrary, and I especially respect those who loved the sciences as much as the men of their times did.
Machinery exhibitors, who also chafe at the cost of shows, may be learning to use them more efficiently.
Ordinary human beings often chafe at the boundaries imposed on us.
It hardly helps when gay conservatives pillory organizations that strive for racial parity or chafe at making alliances with other groups and their causes.
Although those of us who advocate change in universities certainly chafe at the slow pace of that change, and there is room for universities to move faster and be more responsive to community needs, there is little likelihood that those changes will bring universities to the quarter-to-quarter mentality of the business world.
They chafe at being lectured by bankers at vestry meetings.
Frankie's parents meet Warren and chafe at his new lifestyle - an actor?
The symbolism of this action is perplexing: why would women who chafe at patriarchy voluntarily engage in such domesticity?
But over the years they began to chafe at the rigid conventions of the ballroom world.
But Larry's willfulness starts to chafe at Bimbo, who soon reduces their ``partnership'' to an employer/employee relationship.
Backers of conservative firebrand Pat Buchanan may also chafe at Kemp's selection for the No.