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rub

 (rŭb)
v. rubbed, rub·bing, rubs
v.tr.
1. To apply pressure and friction to (a surface).
2. To clean, polish, or manipulate by the application of pressure and friction.
3. To apply to a surface firmly and with friction: rub lotion on the hands; rub dye into the fabric.
4. To move (an object or objects) firmly along a surface, especially repeatedly: rub an eraser over the blackboard; rubbed my fingers over the sore spot.
5. To cause to become worn, chafed, or irritated.
6. To remove, erase, or expunge: rub away a stain; rubbed the sleep from my eyes.
v.intr.
1.
a. To exert pressure or friction on something.
b. To wear or chafe with friction: My shoes were beginning to rub.
c. To cause irritation or annoyance.
2. To move along in contact with a surface; graze or scrape.
3. To be transferred or removed by contact or proximity: newsprint that rubbed off on my fingers; wished some of her luck would rub off on me.
n.
1. The act of rubbing.
2. The application of friction and pressure: a back rub.
3. A substance or preparation applied by rubbing, especially:
a. A liniment or balm.
b. A seasoning made of ground spices and herbs, applied to the surface of meat, fish, or vegetables before cooking.
4. An unevenness on a surface.
5. An act or remark that annoys or hurts another.
6. A difficulty or obstacle: "The rub for extraterrestrial life on Europa is that the moon's surface is an icy wasteland" (William J. Broad).
Phrasal Verbs:
rub down
To perform a brisk rubbing of the body, as in massage.
rub in
To harp on (an unpleasant matter).
rub out
1. To obliterate by or as if by rubbing.
2. Slang To kill; murder.
Idioms:
rub elbows/shoulders
To mix or socialize closely: diplomats rubbing elbows with heads of state.
rub (one's) hands
To experience or display pleased anticipation, self-satisfaction, or glee.
rub (someone's) nose in Slang
To bring repeatedly and forcefully to another's attention.
rub (someone) the wrong way
To annoy; irritate: "One can see ... how [his] expression of his ideals and intentions must have rubbed many people the wrong way" (Christopher Lehmann-Haupt).
rub up on
To refresh one's knowledge of: I have to rub up on my French.

[Middle English rubben.]

rub down

vb (adverb)
1. to dry or clean (a horse, athlete, oneself, etc) vigorously, esp after exercise
2. to make or become smooth by rubbing
3. (tr) to prepare (a surface) for painting by rubbing it with sandpaper
n
4. the act of rubbing down
5. the Hong Kong term for dressing-down
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.rub down - wear awayrub down - wear away        
excoriate, chafe - tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading; "This leash chafes the dog's neck"
wear away, wear off - diminish, as by friction; "Erosion wore away the surface"
rasp - scrape with a rasp
2.rub down - manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes; "She rubbed down her child with a sponge"
manipulate - hold something in one's hands and move it
Translations
يُنَشِّف جِسْمَه
vytřít
tørre
nudda
kurulamak

w>rub down

vt sep horse (= dry)abreiben; (= clean)striegeln; personabrubbeln (inf), → abfrottieren; wall, paintwork (= clean)abwaschen; (= sandpaper)abschmirgeln

rub

(rab) past tense, past participle rubbed verb
to move against the surface of something else, pressing at the same time. He rubbed his eyes; The horse rubbed its head against my shoulder; The back of the shoe is rubbing against my heel.
noun
an act of rubbing. He gave the teapot a rub with a polishing cloth.
rub down
to dry (a horse) after exercise by rubbing.
rub it in
to keep reminding someone of something unpleasant.
rub out
to remove (a mark, writing etc) with a rubber; to erase.
rub shoulders with
to meet or mix with (other people).
rub up
to polish. She rubbed up the silver.
rub up the wrong way
to annoy or irritate (someone).
References in classic literature ?
It would not rake or pitch a ton of hay; it would not rub down a horse; and the men and maidens it left pale and hungry.
The Night Manager's Tom Hiddleston (right) voices an evil baddie in Nick Park's upcoming animation Early Man, who finds himself getting a rub down in a tub from a hog.
I'm off for a rub down with a duster and a quick spritz of Pledge.
He left an aluminium trunk containing two Roland Street Cube EX amplifiers, leads, a stool, his collection bucket, signs and his CDs, at the foot of steps outside his house in Bolton Street as he ran inside in driving rain to rub down his guide dog, Toffee.
Cycle the action to work it in then rub down the entire gun with a rag moistened with it.
Games mean rest, relaxed preparation, early cuts from training, the enjoyment of the match and then nipping into training the next day for a loosener and rub down.
Jan Ford, by email AUSE coarse grade steel wool to rub down the doors.