What is the opposite of caress?

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Verb
Opposite of touch or stroke gently or lovingly
Verb
Opposite of to examine through the sense of touch
“The shop assistant tried to get her to ignore the superior fabric of the handbag because she would not have purchased it anyway.”
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Opposite of to touch or handle in a tender or loving manner
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Opposite of to move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way
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(euphemistic) Opposite of denoting sexual relations, or lust
“Our feelings have faded, we are further apart than ever and we avoid each other regularly.”
Verb
Opposite of to pat lightly and quickly, especially to clean or wipe away
“You'll need to scrub this stubborn stain nice and hard to remove it.”
Verb
Opposite of to clasp (someone or each other) in the arms with affection
Verb
Opposite of to persuade someone by using flattery
Verb
Opposite of to touch with the intention of having a calming effect
“The last thing a trainer should do is to strike their horse.”
Noun
Opposite of in human sexual behavior, the acts at the beginning of a sexual encounter that serve to build up sexual arousal
Noun
Opposite of embrace
Noun
Opposite of the act of rubbing
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