[ ruhb-out ]
/ ˈrʌbˌaʊt /
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
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
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]
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