Associations to the word «Rub»


RUB, noun. An act of rubbing.
RUB, noun. A difficulty or problem.
RUB, noun. In the game of crown green bowls: any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course.
RUB, noun. Any substance designed to be applied by rubbing.
RUB, noun. A mixture of spices applied to meat before it is barbecued.
RUB, verb. (transitive) To move (one object) while maintaining contact with another object over some area, with pressure and friction.
RUB, verb. (transitive) To rub something against (a second thing).
RUB, verb. (intransitive) To be rubbed against something.
RUB, verb. (transitive) To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.
RUB, verb. (dated) To move or pass with difficulty.
RUB, verb. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; often with up or over.
RUB, verb. To hinder; to cross; to thwart.
RUB, symbol. Russian rouble
RUB ALONG, verb. To go on with difficulty.
RUB BOARD, noun. Alternative form of rubboard
RUB BOARDS, noun. Plural of rub board
RUB DOWN, verb. (idiomatic) (transitive) to rub, e.g. for cleaning, stripping paint or massage
RUB ELBOWS, verb. (idiomatic) (usually followed by with) To associate closely; to socialize, consort, or mingle.
RUB IN, verb. (transitive) To apply by rubbing.
RUB IN, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) To irritatingly make a point.
RUB IRON, noun. An iron guard on a wagon body, against which a wheel rubs when cramped too much.
RUB IT IN, verb. (idiomatic) To add insult to injury; to emphasize one's strengths or another's weaknesses in a manner that degrades another.
RUB OF THE GREEN, noun. (golf) Any accidental deflection of the ball by an outside agency (spectator, caddie etc); the ball is played without penalty from where it comes to rest
RUB OF THE GREEN, noun. (sports) (by extension) an outside agent that affects the movement of the ball.
RUB OFF, verb. To cause to come off by rubbing
RUB OFF, verb. To clean by rubbing.
RUB OFF, verb. (idiomatic) to be transferred with little or no effort
RUB OFF ON, verb. (idiomatic) To adapt to a way of behaving after constant exposure to it
RUB OUT, verb. (transitive) To delete or erase or remove (something) by rubbing.
RUB OUT, verb. (obsolete) To get by; to live.
RUB OUT, verb. (transitive) (criminal slang) To kill, especially to murder.
RUB SALT IN SOMEONE'S WOUNDS, verb. (idiomatic) To make a painful situation even worse (even with the best of intentions).
RUB SALT IN THE WOUND, verb. (idiomatic) To make an injury, physical or emotional, feel worse.
RUB SHOULDERS, verb. (idiomatic) (usually followed by with) To associate closely; to socialize or mingle.
RUB SOMEONE THE WRONG WAY, verb. (idiomatic) To bother, disturb, irritate, or annoy.
RUB UP, noun. Alternative form of rub-up
RUB UP, verb. (transitive) To polish
RUB UP, verb. (transitive) To massage, give a massage to
RUB UP, verb. (intransitive) To revive knowledge, to review or revise
RUB UP, verb. (transitive) To excite; to awaken; to rouse to action
RUB UP AGAINST, verb. To touch something with one's body.
RUB UP AGAINST, verb. To touch another person with one's body in a sexually stimulating manner.
RUB UP AGAINST, verb. Of pets. To touch a person's body in a friendly manner, seeking attention.
RUB UP ON, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see rub,‎ up,‎ on.
RUB UP ON, verb. (slang) To rub one's body against another person as a form of sexual stimulation or flirting.
RUB UP ON, verb. To stimulate or resonate with.
RUB UP THE WRONG WAY, verb. (idiomatic) To annoy or anger someone

Dictionary definition

RUB, noun. An unforeseen obstacle.
RUB, noun. The act of rubbing or wiping; "he gave the hood a quick rub".
RUB, verb. Move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin".
RUB, verb. Cause friction; "my sweater scratches".
RUB, verb. Scrape or rub as if to relieve itching; "Don't scratch your insect bites!".

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