rub off


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rub off

vb
1. to remove or be removed by rubbing
2. (intr; often foll by on or onto) to have an effect through close association or contact, esp so as to make similar: her crude manners have rubbed off on you.
n
a resulting effect on something else; consequences: a positive rub-off.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.rub off - wear awayrub off - 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
Translations

w>rub off

vt sep dirtabreiben; writingausradieren; tapelöschen; (from blackboard) → aus- or wegwischen; paint, gold-platingabreiben; (through wear) → abwetzen
vi (lit, fig)abgehen; (through wear also) → sich abwetzen; to rub off on somebody (fig)auf jdn abfärben
References in classic literature ?
The brown scales, too, had evidently undergone rigid discipline, in an unavailing effort to rub off the rust, which, alas
He wished to rub off the velvet of his horns against the cold stones of Kali's statue, and stamped his feet when he saw the man at the shrine.
Bad habits cling to us, however, with such persistency that I did mechanically pull out my handkerchief and begin to rub off the welcoming smudge, a thing I never would have dreamed of doing in the glorious old days; but an artful scent of violets clinging to the handkerchief brought me to my senses, and with a sudden impulse of scorn, the fine scorn for scent of every honest Backfisch, I rolled it up into a ball and flung it away into the bushes, where I daresay it is at this moment.
And they began trying to rub off the superfluous dirt from each other's jackets; but it was not dry enough, and the rubbing made them worse; so in despair they pushed through the swing-door at the head of the stairs, and found themselves in the Doctor's hall.
And Glen Johnson hopes his laid back manner can rub off on Liverpool's youngsters.
It just rubs off, just like his New York words rub off on me.
Perhaps some New Zealand magic will rub off before they play again.
Trainer Tim Vaughan is having plenty of winners at present and his good form can rub off on this stayer.
Anna and Emma are blinded by Mariah's attention, in a way, hoping that the excitement of Mariah's life will rub off on them.
They tried hard, the old-timers, to feed McCourt's hope that the spirit of '81 might rub off on '06.
Maybe a little of their courage and grace will rub off on me
A family of lucky Lotto winners are sure their luck will rub off on their beloved football team when they contest the League One play-offs in Cardiff.