[c]/rʌb / (say rub)

verb (rubbed, rubbing)
verb (t)
1. to subject (an object) to pressure and friction, especially in order to clean, smooth, polish, etc.
2. to move, spread, or apply (something) with pressure and friction over something else.
3. to chafe or abrade.
verb (i)
4. to exert pressure and friction on something.
5. to move with pressure along the surface of something.
6. the act of rubbing.
7. something irritating to the feelings; a reproof, gibe, sarcasm, or the like.
8. an annoying experience or circumstance.
9. a difficulty; source of doubt or difficulty: there's the rub.
10. Archaic any difficulty or obstacle.
11. an ointment.
12. a mixture of spices and herbs to be applied to meat before cooking.
13. rub along, to proceed, continue in a course, or keep going, with a little effort or difficulty.
14. rub down,
a. to rub (the surface of something) as to smooth, reduce, clean, etc.
b. to massage, dry, or clean (an animal, athlete, etc.) by rubbing, as with a towel after exercise, etc.
15. rub in (or into), to force in by rubbing.
16. rub it in, to remind someone repeatedly of their mistakes, failures, or shortcomings.
17. rub noses, NZ to touch noses in the Maori welcoming act of hongi.
18. rub off,
a. to remove or erase by rubbing: to rub off rust.
b. to be capable of being rubbed off: that stain will rub off.
19. rub off on, to be transferred to, especially as a result of repeated close contact: his vulgarity rubbed off on her.
20. rub of the green, Golf an accidental influence on the ball which may or may not be in the player's favour.
21. rub out,
a. to erase.
b. Colloquial to kill.
c. Colloquial to disqualify or suspend (a sporting competitor): the jockey was rubbed out for a week.
22. rub shoulders (or elbows) with, to come into social contact with.
23. rub together, to move (things) with pressure and friction over each other.
24. rub up, to polish or smooth.
25. rub up on, to refresh or revive one's memory about.
26. rub (up) the right way, to please.
27. rub (up) the wrong way, to annoy.
{Middle English rubbe, related to Low German rubben, of uncertain origin}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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