Idioms for rub

Origin of rub

1300–50; 1860–65 for def 18b; Middle English rubben (v.); cognate with Frisian rubben, Danish rubbe, Swedish rubba

OTHER WORDS FROM rub

un·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rub down (1 of 2)

rub down

verb (adverb)

to dry or clean (a horse, athlete, oneself, etc) vigorously, esp after exercise
to make or become smooth by rubbing
(tr) to prepare (a surface) for painting by rubbing it with sandpaper

noun rubdown

the act of rubbing down
the Hong Kong term for dressing-down

British Dictionary definitions for rub down (2 of 2)

rub
/ (rʌb) /

verb rubs, rubbing or rubbed

noun

Word Origin for rub

C15: perhaps from Low German rubben, of obscure origin
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Medicine definitions for rub down

rub
[ rŭb ]

n.

The application of friction and pressure.
Such a procedure applied to the body.
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Idioms and Phrases with rub down (1 of 2)

rub down

Briskly rub the body, as in a massage. For example, The trainer rubs down marathon runners, or That horse needs rubbing down. This expression was first used (and still is) for rubbing away dust and sweat from a horse. [Late 1600s]

Idioms and Phrases with rub down (2 of 2)

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

also see:

  • the rub
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