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.
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Idioms for rub
Origin of rub
OTHER WORDS FROM rubun·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for rub
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands for at least 20 seconds with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.7 Tips For Staying Safe As COVID-19 Cases Rise And Colder Weather Heightens The Risk|LGBTQ-Editor|October 25, 2020|No Straight News
The rub was that Gamgort saw no way his domestic can suppliers could possibly make enough of them.Keurig is a machine: How the beverage giant is leveraging A.I. to fuel growth|Shawn Tully|October 19, 2020|Fortune
Once you have it, just salt the steaks, season with a dry rub, and then grill them.
The rub is that, according to multiple sources, in order to be part of Google’s news licensing initiative, Google can terminate the agreement if the publisher participates in a legal claim or complaint against Google.‘Quite cynical’: Publishers leery about Google’s $1 billion news licensing pot|Lucinda Southern|October 1, 2020|Digiday
He notes that most commercial blends are full of salt or sugar, and are sold under blanket terms like “blackening” or “steak rub.”
Necks are rubbed, pimples popped and haircuts given on a totally unnecessary, weekly basis.
"It's rubbed with curry and five-spice powder," he explains as waiters take notes.A Magical Meal at Louie’s Backyard in the Conch Republic|Jane & Michael Stern|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I should have bought you roses, Good & Plenty, and rubbed your toeses [sic],” he adds on “Too Little Too Late.Robin Thicke’s ‘Paula’ Is What You Shouldn’t Do When You Get Dumped|Andrew Romano|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The women in my family often rubbed their palms against his cheek, though it was his eyes that made him so beautiful.
She rubbed the shoulders of their daughter, the one my age, who was now crying.
As I came along I had rubbed my ears with snow, which had restored circulation.Snow Shoes and Canoes|William H. G. Kingston
The marks will become more distinct if the marble is rubbed with a little vermilion.Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf|Jane H. Newell
I rubbed my beard—I had none when I came into this dungeon first.The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete|Gilbert Parker
Susan took her horse there; loosened his girths, and rubbed him down with a wisp of straw.Half a Life-time Ago|Elizabeth Gaskell
The leaves of the plant emit a strong odor when rubbed, likened to that of the lemon verbena.The Practical Garden-Book|C. E. Hunn
British Dictionary definitions for rub
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
Medical definitions for rub
Idioms and Phrases with 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
- the rub