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 off (1 of 2)

rub off

verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for rub off (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 off

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 off

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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