rubout

[ ruhb-out ]
/ ˈrʌbˌaʊt /

noun Slang.

a murder or assassination.

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Origin of rubout

1925–30, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase rub out
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British Dictionary definitions for rubout

rub out

verb (tr, adverb)

to remove or be removed with a rubber
US slang to murder
Australian rules football to suspend (a player)
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Idioms and Phrases with rubout

rub out

1

Obliterate or erase by, or as if by, rubbing. For example, Bill was so busy rubbing out the old markings that he forgot to put in new ones. [Mid-1600s]

2

Murder, kill, as in They threatened to rub him out if he didn't pay up. [Slang; mid-1800s]

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