He was fresh from his shower-bath and rub-down, and looked as if he had stepped out of a bandbox.
As evening came he took a shower and a rub-down, and then went out for a stroll.
A swim across to the beach, a rub-down, a quick donning of clothes, and then preparations for breakfast.
A rub-down refreshed his muscles, but his spirit remained weary.
His diet became a matter of the utmost importance; a rub-down was a holy rite, and the words of Jansen, the coach, divine gospel.
I kept this up as long as the bath house was open and in the winter took a cold sponge and rub-down every night.
Then comes the dry-off and the rub-down, which seems to soothe all your bruises.
A boy ran up to take their horse and lead it around to the stables for a rub-down and a comfortable supper.
I helped him a little in the rub-down, and a man more fit I never saw.
Practically did all the work, and while they were giving me a rub-down afterwards he collected the money and beat it.
early 14c., transitive and intransitive, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to East Frisian rubben "to scratch, rub," and Low German rubbeling "rough, uneven," or similar words in Scandinavian (cf. Danish rubbe "to rub, scrub," Norwegian rubba), of uncertain origin. Related: Rubbed; rubbing.
To rub (someone) the wrong way is from 1853; probably the notion is of cats' fur. To rub noses in greeting as a sign of friendship (attested from 1822) formerly was common among Eskimos, Maoris, and some other Pacific Islanders. Rub out "obliterate" is from 1560s; underworld slang sense of "kill" is recorded from 1848, American English. Rub off "remove by rubbing" is from 1590s; meaning "have an influence" is recorded from 1959.
"act of rubbing," 1610s, from rub (v.); earlier "obstacle, inequality on ground" (1580s, common in 17c.) which is the figure in Hamlet's there's the rub (1602).
The application of friction and pressure.
Such a procedure applied to the body.