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  • v. Present participle of abrade.


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  • People will occasionally attempt to clean photographs with a pencil eraser in order to get dirt off the face of a print -- which has the result of abrading the surface and leaving a permanent mark on it -- or washing it in water.

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  • Often the force of the water pushes the fabric right down into the throat, whereapon the interrogator yanks it out, abrading the soft tissues of the palate, causing great pain and making it difficult to speak as well.

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  • The abrading strain of stifling your speech, emotions and actions could easily make life seem interminable or, at a minimum, genuinely impoverished.

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  • The abrading surface of the grater, my dad warned, could hurt finger tips that slipped as they grasped the hard green fruits.

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  • I felt the hot trickle of blood run down my leg, felt particles of cement abrading my hands.


  • I caught movement out of the corner of my eye, a human with a package, and my claws came out, abrading the tender skin under my fingernails as they grew.


  • A snake in restless molt, abrading roughness, good riddance to all that dead skin.


  • Yet for all their carnal abrading, they remain spectral.

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  • He kneaded her breasts, her pearled nipples abrading his palms.

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  • "In me the evening is falling," Quasimodo writes in "Òboe sommerso"; the days become "maceria," which could mean both rubble and a wall built from it, the abrading limits of diurnal structure.

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