Nearby words

  1. ru,
  2. ru 486,
  3. ruana,
  4. ruanda,
  5. ruanda-urundi,
  6. rub al khali,
  7. rub along,
  8. rub down,
  9. rub elbows with,
  10. rub in

Idioms

Origin of rub

1300–50; 1860–65 for def 18b; Middle English rubben (v.); cognate with Frisian rubben, Danish rubbe, Swedish rubba

SYNONYMS FOR rub
Related formsun·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rub off on

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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Word Origin and History for rub off on
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Medicine definitions for rub off on

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 on

rub off on

Become transferred to another, influence through close contact, as in We hoped some of their good manners would rub off on our children. This idiom alludes to transferring something like paint to another substance by rubbing against it. [Mid-1900s]

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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