rub


rub
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 or object) with pressure and friction, in a circular or back-and-forth motion
2. to move (one's hand, a cloth, etc.) over, or spread or apply (polish, etc.) on or over, a surface or object in this way
3. to move (a thing) against something else, or move (things) over each other with pressure and friction: often followed by together, etc.
4. to apply pressure and friction to, for cleaning, polishing, smoothing, etc.
5. to put into a specified condition by applying pressure and friction [to rub oneself dry]
6. to make sore or chafed by rubbing
7. to force, cause to go, etc. (in, into, etc.) by rubbing
8. to remove by rubbing (out, off, away, etc.)
vi.
1. to move with pressure and friction (on, against, etc.) [the tire rubbing against the fender]
2. to rub something; exert pressure and friction on something
3. to admit of being rubbed or removed by rubbing: often with off, out, etc.
4. to arouse anger or irritation
n.
1. the act or an instance of rubbing; specif., a massage
2. an obstacle, hindrance, or difficulty
3. a place or spot that has been rubbed until rough or sore
4. something that irritates, annoys, offends, etc., as a jeer or rebuke
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rub along or rub on or rub through
Chiefly Brit. to manage or keep going in spite of difficulties
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rub down
1. to massage
2. to smooth, polish, wear down, etc. by rubbing
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rub elbows with
to associate or mingle with (famous or prominent people, etc.): also rub shoulders with
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rub it in
Slang to keep on mentioning to someone his or her failure or mistake, often with some malice
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☆ rub off on
to be left on (something or someone) as a mark, as by rubbing or, figuratively, by close contact
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rub out
1. to erase or be erased by rubbing
2. Slang to kill or murder
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rub the wrong way
to be annoying, irritating, etc. to

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  • 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, 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

  • Rub — Rub, v. i. 1. To move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost. [1913 Webster] 2. To fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore. [1913 Webster] 3. To move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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