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  ( rubs    plural & 3rd person present)   ( rubbing    present participle)   ( rubbed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you rub a part of your body, you move your hand or fingers backwards and forwards over it while pressing firmly.  
He rubbed his arms and stiff legs...      V n  
`I fell in a ditch', he said, rubbing at a scrape on his hand.      V prep/adv  
2       verb   If you rubagainst a surface or rub a part of your body against a surface, you move it backwards and forwards while pressing it against the surface.  
A cat was rubbing against my leg...      V prep  
He kept rubbing his leg against mine.      V n prep  
3       verb   If you rub an object or a surface, you move a cloth backward and forward over it in order to clean or dry it.  
She took off her glasses and rubbed them hard...      V n  
He rubbed and rubbed but couldn't seem to get clean.      V  
4       verb   If you rub a substance into a surface or rub something such as dirt from a surface, you spread it over the surface or remove it from the surface using your hand or something such as a cloth.  
He rubbed oil into my back...      V n prep  
5       verb   If you rub two things together or if they rubtogether, they move backwards and forwards, pressing against each other.  
He rubbed his hands together a few times.      V n together  
...the 650-mile rift that separates the Pacific and North American geological plates as they rub together.      V together  
6       verb   If something you are wearing or holding rubs, it makes you sore because it keeps moving backwards and forwards against your skin.  
Smear cream on to your baby's skin at the edges of the plaster to prevent it from rubbing.      V  
7       n-sing   Rub is used in expressions such as there's the rub and the rub is when you are mentioning a difficulty that makes something hard or impossible to achieve.  
FORMAL   the N  
`What do you want to write about?'. And there was the rub, because I didn't yet know.     
8       n-count   A massage can be referred to as a rub.  
usu sing  
She sometimes asks if I want a back rub.     
10    If you rub shoulders with famous people, you meet them and talk to them. You can also say that you rub elbows with someone, especially in American English.  
rub shoulders/elbows with someone      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
He regularly rubbed shoulders with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Kylie Minogue.     
11    If you rub someone up the wrong way in British English, or rub someone the wrong way in American English, you offend or annoy them without intending to.  
rub sb up the wrong way      phrase   V inflects   (=annoy)  
What are you going to get out of him if you rub him up the wrong way?     
    to rub someone's nose in it  
    to rub salt into the wound  
    salt   rub in  
1       phrasal verb   If you rub a substance in, you press it into something by continuously moving it over its surface.  
When hair is dry, rub in a little oil to make it smooth and glossy.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
2       phrasal verb   If someone keeps reminding you of something you would rather forget you can say that they are rubbingitin.  
Officials couldn't resist rubbing it in...      V n P  
The home side rubbed in their superiority with a further goal.      V P n (not pron)   rub off             phrasal verb   If someone's qualities or habits rub off   on you, you develop some of their qualities or habits after spending time with them.      
He was a tremendously enthusiastic teacher and that rubbed off on all the children...      V P on n  
I was hoping some of his genius might rub off.      V P   rub out      phrasal verb   If you rub out something that you have written on paper or a board, you remove it using a rubber or eraser.   (=erase)  
She began rubbing out the pencilled marks in the margin.      V P n (not pron)  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    abrade, caress, chafe, clean, fray, grate, knead, massage, polish, scour, scrape, shine, smooth, stroke, wipe  
2    apply, put, smear, spread  
3    rub up the wrong way      aggravate     (informal)   anger, annoy, bug     (informal)   get in one's hair     (informal)   get one's goat     (slang)   get on one's nerves     (informal)   get under one's skin     (informal)   irk, irritate, nark     (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang)   peeve     (informal)   piss one off     (taboo slang)   vex  
4    caress, kneading, massage, polish, shine, stroke, wipe  
5    catch, difficulty, drawback, hazard, hindrance, hitch, impediment, obstacle, problem, snag, trouble  

rub out  
1    cancel, delete, efface, erase, excise, expunge, obliterate, remove, wipe out  
2      (U.S. slang)   assassinate, blow away     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   bump off     (slang)   butcher, dispatch, do in     (informal)   eliminate     (slang)   hit     (slang)   kill, knock off     (slang)   murder, slaughter, slay, take out     (slang)   waste     (informal)  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
telling someone to fight you."do sth !"
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
laughing my fucking ass off
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
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