verb (used with object), rubbed, rub·bing.
verb (used without object), rubbed, rub·bing.
- 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.
- ru 486,
- rub al khali,
- rub along,
- rub down,
- rub elbows with,
- rub in
Origin of rub
Examples from the Web for rub
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.
To polish varnish, rub with a felt pad, powdered pumice-stone and water.Handwork in Wood|William Noyes
He will sneak along the edge of the pillow and rub his hands together in front of him, and then he's ready.A Melody in Silver|Keene Abbott
Some repairers use a hastily made solution of powdered colour such as burnt umber, and paint or rub it into the wood.The Repairing & Restoration of Violins|Horace Petherick
And now, look, I rub my foot over the circles and they are gone, and there is only the path again.Jess|H. Rider Haggard
She was not quite ready to rub shoulders with common humanity.Just Patty|Jean Webster
verb rubs, rubbing or rubbed
- golfan incident of accidental interference with the ball
- informala piece of good or bad luck
Word Origin for rub
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).
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