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
eat away, fret
v. wear away or erode
scratch, chafe, fret, fray, rub
v. cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
fret, gag, choke
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; "don't fret over these small details"
v. cause annoyance in
fret, niggle, fuss
v. worry unnecessarily or excessively; "don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"
fret, gall, chafe
v. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
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sudate, perspire, sweat
v. excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin; "Exercise makes one sweat"
exasperate, exacerbate, aggravate, worsen
v. make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain"
kick the bucket, buy the farm, snuff it, drop dead, die unexpectedly, die suddenly, pop off, croak, conk, choke
v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
dwell, harp
v. come back to; "Don't dwell on the past"; "She is always harping on the same old things"
v. evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
chicane, carp, cavil
v. raise trivial objections
v. be overly critical; criticize minor details
v. damage as if by shaking or jarring; "Don't disturb the patient's wounds by moving him too rapidly!"
suffocate, asphyxiate, smother
v. deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing; "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"
v. die from strangulation
vex, worry
v. disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress; "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"
vex, worry
v. disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress; "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"
trouble, upset, disturb
v. move deeply; "This book upset me"; "A troubling thought"
v. cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"
v. move restlessly; "The child is always fidgeting in his seat"
fume, fumigate
v. treat with fumes, expose to fumes, especially with the aim of disinfecting or eradicating pests
v. protect excessively; "Don't overprotect your son--he is an adult now!"
v. cause to feel better; "the medicine soothes the pain of the inflammation"
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