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.
Words nearby rub
Idioms for rub
Origin of rub
OTHER WORDS FROM rubun·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for rub down (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for rub down (2 of 2)
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
Medicine definitions for rub down
Idioms and Phrases with rub down (1 of 2)
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)
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