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.
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Idioms for rub
Origin of rub
OTHER WORDS FROM rubun·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for rub
We let him wake up and come to us before giving him a belly rub.My dog barked at me. What’s going on in that canine skull of his?|John Kelly|January 31, 2021|Washington Post
The rub is that this process can essentially only alter taxing and spending, and the two generally need to balance each other out within a 10-year budget window.The odds of US climate progress just improved a bit|James Temple|January 7, 2021|MIT Technology Review
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
verb rubs, rubbing or rubbed
- golf an incident of accidental interference with the ball
- informal a piece of good or bad luck
Word Origin for rub
Medical definitions for rub
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