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rub pronunciación
verb (rubbed , rubbing )
1 to apply pressure and friction to something by moving one's hand or an object backwards and forwards over its surface.
2 intr (usu rub against, on or along something) to move backwards and forwards against, on or along it with pressure and friction.
3 (usu rub something in, or on or into something else) to apply (ointment, polish, etc) to a surface with pressure so that it is evenly spread, absorbed, etc.
4 (rub something in) cookery to mix (fat) into flour by rubbing one's fingertips together in the mixture.
5 to clean something or polish, dry, smooth it, etc by applying pressure and friction.
6 tr & intr (often rub something away, off, out, etc ) to remove it or be removed by pressure and friction.
7 tr & intr to be sore or make something sore by pressure and friction; to chafe.
8 tr & intr to fray by pressure and friction.
9 intr , bowls said of a bowl: to be slowed down or deflected by unevenness in the green, an obstacle, etc.
noun
1 the process or an act of rubbing.
2 an obstacle or difficulty It will cost a lot and there's the rub .
3 bowls something that slows down or deflects a bowl.
[14c]
rubber see separate entries.
rubbing noun
1 application of friction.
2 an impression or copy made by placing paper over a raised surface and rubbing the paper with crayon, wax, chalk, etc a brass rubbing .
rub someone's nose in it to persist in reminding someone of a fault or mistake they have made.
rub shoulders to come into social contact.
rub someone up the wrong way to annoy or irritate them, especially by dealing with them carelessly or tactlessly.
the rub of the green chance events over which one has no control.
rub along colloq to manage to cope, make progress, etc without any particular difficulties.
rub along with someone colloq to be on more or less friendly terms with them.
rub something down
1 to rub (one's body, a horse, etc) briskly from head to foot, eg to dry it.
2 to prepare (a surface) to receive new paint or varnish by rubbing the old paint or varnish off.
3 to become or make something smooth by rubbing.
rub something in colloq to insist on talking about or emphasizing (an embarrassing fact or circumstance).
rub off on someone to have an effect on or be passed to someone by close association Some of his bad habits have rubbed off on you .
rub someone out N Am slang to murder them.
rub something out to remove it by rubbing, especially with an eraser.
rub something up
1 to polish it.
2 to refresh one's memory or knowledge of it.


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