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 in (1 of 2)

rub in

verb (tr, adverb)

to spread with pressure, esp in order to cause to be absorbed
rub it in informal to harp on (something distasteful to a person, of which he or she does not wish to be reminded)

British Dictionary definitions for rub in (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 in

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 in (1 of 2)

rub in

Also, rub it in. Harp on something, especially an unpleasant matter, as in She always rubs in the fact that she graduated with honors and I didn't, or I know I forgot your birthday, but don't keep rubbing it in. This idiom alludes to the expression rub salt into a wound, an action that makes the wound more painful; it dates from medieval times and remains current. [Mid-1800s] Also see rub someone's nose in it.

Idioms and Phrases with rub in (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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