[ ruhb-doun ]
/ ˈrʌbˌdaʊn /
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a massage, especially after exercise or a steam bath.



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Origin of rubdown

First recorded in 1665–75; noun use of verb phrase rub down
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British Dictionary definitions for rubdown

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
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Idioms and Phrases with rubdown

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]

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