- 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.
Idioms about rub
Origin of rub
OTHER WORDS FROM rubun·rubbed, adjectivewell-rubbed, adjective
How to use rub in a sentence
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.
Lydia also gets her vitals checked, arm rubbed with alcohol, and glove-covered hands safely inserting the needle.The I.V. Doc Comes to Your House, Fights Hangovers, and Wins|Abby Haglage|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"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.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I rubbed in the spot indicated, and out came the crest and initials exactly as Jack had described them.Uncanny Tales|Various
From the earliest days great commanders have rubbed in the maxim, "If you attack, attack with all your force."Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Then he rubbed the blade of his knife back and forth over this till the edge was sharp enough to split a hair with ease.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
"Never mind," said Isabel, as Gwynne mopped his brow for the third time and ostentatiously rubbed his face.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
She took it and rubbed it with soft sand to remove some discolorations and laid it, with a horn-handled knife, by the china plate.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for rub
- 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
Other 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