- to smooth off, polish, or apply a coating to: to rub a chair down with sandpaper.
- to give a massage to.
- to obliterate; erase.
- Slang. to murder: They rubbed him out before he could get to the police.
Idioms about rub
Origin of rub
OTHER WORDS FROM rubun·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective
Words nearby rub
How to use rub in a sentence
You’ll need a good shoulder rub after setting up a large massage chair.Best massage chair: Take relaxation to a new level right in your living room|Irena Collaku|August 13, 2021|Popular-Science
That’s the rub because when you have these large companies spending millions and millions of dollars on performance and then they try to add a brand layer, they have no way of connecting the dots and it doesn’t make sense to them.
I might use granulated garlic in stir-fry or a rub for meat that I’m going to grill where I want the garlic to hold up to the cooking process a little bit longer, or I want a little bit of more distinctive garlic flavor.How and when to use garlic powder, a reliable seasoning that deserves respect|Aaron Hutcherson|June 25, 2021|Washington Post
However, the standards have yet to be finalized by GARM, and therein lies the rub.
The report claimed that he gave unsolicited back rubs, asked colleagues on dates, and at one point poured a beer on the head of a coworker during a social event.NY Times Outcasts Bari Weiss and Andy Mills Teaming Up for New Podcast Venture|Maxwell Tani, Lachlan Cartwright|April 23, 2021|The Daily Beast
Rub the loin with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries|Carla Hall|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rub pork loin with paprika, Cajun seasoning, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar, salt, and pepper.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship|Harley Morenstein|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The rub is that these devices have been in short supply lately.
Maybe the cleric can rub his own magic lamp, and ask it to explain the concept known as brain drain.
When you get a new one they tell you to put coco-butter on your fingers and rub it a lot so it won't show so much.
And, old ink pot, tuck a horse blanket under my chin, and rub me down with brickbats while I feed!
Others again put the varnish on and rub it off in places to resemble the wear of age.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
But indeed, it was useless to rub her eyes, the dwarfs did not vanish, and so she was obliged to believe that they were real.Honey-Bee|Anatole France
She would put her paws on his shoulders, and rub his face, and purr in a most contented manner.
If he were to rub one of these pictures when dry, he would find it almost entirely removable from the glass.
British Dictionary definitions for rub
- golf an incident of accidental interference with the ball
- informal a piece of good or bad luck
Word Origin for rub
Other Idioms and Phrases with rub
In addition to the idioms beginning with rub
- rub down
- rub elbows with
- rub in
- rub off on
- rub one's hands
- rub out
- rub someone's nose in it
- rub the wrong way
- rub up on
- the rub