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  1. a murder or assassination.

Origin of rubout

1925–30, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase rub out

Words Nearby rubout Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use rubout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rub out

rub out

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to remove or be removed with a rubber

  2. US slang to murder

  1. Australian rules football to suspend (a player)

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Other 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]

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