rub1 [ rʌb ] verb **
1. ) intransitive or transitive to press and move your hands or an object over a surface:
rubbing the magic lamp
rub something off something: Rub off the skins of the peppers when they have softened.
a ) to move something such as a cloth backward and forward across a surface to clean it, dry it, or make it smooth:
rub something off something: He rubbed the dirt off the license plate with his sleeve.
b ) to move your hand backward and forward across a part of someone's body while pressing firmly, especially because that part of the body hurts:
Scott gently rubbed her back until the pain went away.
2. ) transitive to press and move one object against another or against a surface:
rub something together: Rub your hands together, it will help you to stay warm.
rub something against something: The cat rubbed its cheek against my leg.
a ) intransitive to hurt or damage something by continuously pressing and moving against it:
Cindy's new shoes were rubbing and giving her blisters.
3. ) transitive to spread a liquid or substance onto the surface of something:
rub something on something: She rubbed some tanning oil on his back.
rub something with something: Rub the chicken with garlic before putting it in the oven.
rub salt into a wound INFORMAL
to make a bad situation even worse for someone
rub shoulders with someone INFORMAL
to meet and talk to important or famous people:
She's rubbed shoulders with millionaires.
rub someone the wrong way INFORMAL
to do or say things that annoy someone:
Laura has a habit of rubbing people the wrong way.
,rub `down phrasal verb transitive
to clean a horse's body by rubbing it with a brush
a. to dry someone's body by rubbing it with a towel:
Leslie was rubbed down with blankets after she was pulled out of the cold water.
I rubbed myself down with a dry towel.
b. to rub a surface to make it smooth or dry
,rub `in phrasal verb transitive
to mix something such as butter or fat into another substance such as flour, using your fingers
rub it in or rub someone's face/nose in it
to remind someone of something stupid or bad that they did:
Please, will you stop rubbing it in, I know I shouldn't have brought Steve to the party, but I did.
,rub `off on phrasal verb transitive
rub off on someone if something such as a good quality rubs off on someone, they start to develop it:
Hopefully her enthusiasm will rub off on the rest of the team.
,rub `out phrasal verb transitive
1. ) AMERICAN INFORMAL to kill someone
2. ) BRITISH to ERASE something you have written or drawn
a ) to remove writing or drawing from a BLACKBOARD, WHITEBOARD, etc. so that the surface is clean
rub 2 [ rʌb ] noun
1. ) count the action of rubbing part of the body:
a rub on the back
a foot rub
a ) the action of rubbing something with a cloth, etc.:
Give your shoes a quick rub.
2. ) the rub LITERARY a problem or difficult situation

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • rub — ► VERB (rubbed, rubbing) 1) apply firm pressure to (a surface) with a repeated back and forth motion. 2) move to and fro against a surface while pressing or grinding against it. 3) apply with a rubbing action. 4) (rub down) dry, smooth, or clean… …   English terms dictionary

  • Rub — Rub, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rubbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rubbing}.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael. rub.] 1. To subject (a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the action… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • rub — /rub/, v., rubbed, rubbing, n. v.t. 1. to subject the surface of (a thing or person) to pressure and friction, as in cleaning, smoothing, polishing, coating, massaging, or soothing: to rub a table top with wax polish; to rub the entire back area …   Universalium

  • rub — [rub] vt. rubbed, rubbing [ME rubben, akin to Dan rubbe, EFris rubben < IE * reup , to tear out < base * reu , to dig, tear out > ROB, RIP1, RUG, RUBBLE, L rumpere, to break] 1. to move one s hand, a cloth, etc. over (a surface …   English World dictionary

  • Rub — Rub, n. [Cf. W. rhwb. See Rub, v,t,] 1. The act of rubbing; friction. [1913 Webster] 2. That which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment; especially, a difficulty or obstruction… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rub — (v.) late 14c., perhaps related to E.Fris. rubben to scratch, rub, and Low Ger. rubbeling rough, uneven, or similar words in Scandinavian (Cf. Dan. rubbe to rub, scrub, Norw. rubba), of uncertain origin. Related: Rubbed; rubbing. Hamlet s there s …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Rub — may stand for* RUB, Russian ruble currency code * Ruhr Universität BochumRub may refer to: * the Kuliak languages of Uganda * Spice rub, consisting of spices blended together to season and flavor raw pork, beef, chicken, fish, and wild game… …   Wikipedia

  • Rüb — oder Rueb ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Alexander Rueb (1882–1959), niederländischer Schachfunktionär, erster Präsident des Weltschachbundes FIDE Friedbert W. Rüb (* 1953), deutscher Politikwissenschaftler Fritz Rueb (* 1925),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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