- rubbia, carlo,
- rubbing alcohol,
- rubbish bin,
Origin of rubbing
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
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
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
early 14c., transitive and intransitive, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to East Frisian rubben "to scratch, rub," and Low German rubbeling "rough, uneven," or similar words in Scandinavian (cf. Danish rubbe "to rub, scrub," Norwegian rubba), of uncertain origin. Related: Rubbed; rubbing.
To rub (someone) the wrong way is from 1853; probably the notion is of cats' fur. To rub noses in greeting as a sign of friendship (attested from 1822) formerly was common among Eskimos, Maoris, and some other Pacific Islanders. Rub out "obliterate" is from 1560s; underworld slang sense of "kill" is recorded from 1848, American English. Rub off "remove by rubbing" is from 1590s; meaning "have an influence" is recorded from 1959.
"act of rubbing," 1610s, from rub (v.); earlier "obstacle, inequality on ground" (1580s, common in 17c.) which is the figure in Hamlet's there's the rub (1602).
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