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 in (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for rub in (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 in
Idioms and Phrases with rub in (1 of 2)
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)
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