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.
Origin of rub
Related formsun·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for rub out (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for rub out (2 of 2)
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 out
Idioms and Phrases with rub out (1 of 2)
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]
Murder, kill, as in They threatened to rub him out if he didn't pay up. [Slang; mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with rub out (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