Definition for rubbing (2 of 2)
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
Examples from the Web for rubbing
The better she does,” she said, rubbing the skin around the clamps, “the heavier it gets.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Establishment figures, Tea Partiers, evangelicals, and libertarians will all be rubbing elbows at a single theater.
For the past week, political junkies throughout my home city of Chicago have been rubbing our hands in giddy anticipation.
He got a deck of cards and straddled one of the rubbing tables.
Everybody was rubbing elbows—and other body parts—all the time.Why Did Llewyn Davis’s Greenwich Village Disappear?|Andrew Romano|December 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"We will go for a walk to-day," said the oblate, rubbing his hands.En Route|J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
Every one has heard, and most believe, that fire may be easily produced by rubbing together two pieces of wood.Getting Gold|J. C. F. Johnson
The doctor came to a full halt, his face very red, his eyes suffused, and fell to rubbing both hands through and through his hair.The Brentons|Anna Chapin Ray
"We'll give 'em what for, sir," exclaimed Sturge, rubbing his hands.Carry On!|Herbert Strang
Leah stood up in the window-seat, rubbing the panes of glass dimmed with smoke.Jane Eyre|Charlotte Bronte
British Dictionary definitions for rubbing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for rubbing (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 rubbing
Idioms and Phrases with rubbing
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