[ skruhb-uhp ]
/ ˈskrʌbˌʌp /
the act of washing or bathing thoroughly, especially the aseptic washing by doctors, nurses, etc., before a surgical operation.
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Origin of scrub-up
First recorded in 1915–20
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Idioms and Phrases with scrub-up
Thoroughly wash one's hands and forearms, as before performing surgery. For example, The residents had to scrub up in case they were called on to assist with the operation. [c. 1900]
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