[ ruhb-awf, -of ]
/ ˈrʌbˈɔf, -ˈɒf /
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an act of rubbing off, as to remove something.
a deep mark, effect, or impact produced especially through constant close contact.
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Origin of ruboff

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase rub off
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How to use ruboff in a sentence

  • This record, commonly known as a "rub" or "rub-off," shows the size of the book, kind of binding and exact lettering.

    Library Bookbinding|Arthur Low Bailey
  • If it is desirable to match exactly old sets bound elsewhere, make a "rub-off" for the binder and indicate the material and color.

    Library Bookbinding|Arthur Low Bailey
  • After a rub-off at the creek I took the twenty-two and went hunting for breakfast.

British Dictionary definitions for ruboff

rub off

to remove or be removed by rubbing
(intr ; often foll by on or onto) to have an effect through close association or contact, esp so as to make similarher crude manners have rubbed off on you
noun rub-off
a resulting effect on something else; consequencesa positive rub-off
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