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 off on
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 off on
Idioms and Phrases with rub off on (1 of 2)
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]
Idioms and Phrases with rub off on (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