Could you rub my shoulders?
He blinked and rubbed his eyes.
The cat rubbed itself against my leg.
The cat rubbed against my leg.
Don't rub too hard or you'll tear the paper.
He rubbed his hands with glee.
There was a squeak when the boards rubbed together.
The back of my shoe is rubbing against my heel and giving me a blister.
There are marks where the chair has rubbed against the wall.
There are marks where the chair has been rubbing the wall. Noun
She's an amazing cook, but she rarely has time to make meals. There's the rub.
He used his favorite rub on the steaks.
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Sprinkle pork chops evenly with chile powder mixture, and rub until well coated.—Adam Dolge, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 As the year rolls on, some of us are still constantly sneezing and fighting the urge to rub our itchy, bloodshot eyes with the changing of the seasons.—Kelsey Castañon, refinery29.com, 14 Sep. 2023 Next, remove any branches that cross or rub one another.—oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2023 Bradberry’s teammates didn’t appreciate Smith-Schuster rubbing their faces in it, too, especially after Bradberry had been mature and accountable for a penalty that most football fans hated.—Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 Jewelry rubbing against each other causes problems.—Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 One behavior in particular is a rolling motion in which the animal flips on its back to rub against the sand, which has been seen numerous times from an aerial view since it was first noticed last summer but witnessed few times in the water.—Ana Ramirez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2023 Season the corn: To prepare this quick and easy side dish, rub ears of corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.—Julia Levy, Southern Living, 6 Sep. 2023 Coppola flips the balance here to an extent that risks rubbing hardcore Elvis fans the wrong way, putting the performer in a less-than-flattering though never unfair light.—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Sep. 2023
Castor oil has long been considered a jack-of-all-trades home remedy, used as a laxative, a moisturizer and as a chest rub to ease lung congestion.—Katie Camero, NBC News, 5 Aug. 2023 Garlic powder: Essential to the flavor of a barbecue rub.—Julia Levy, Southern Living, 5 June 2023 In today's recipe, the salmon’s flavor is enhanced by the mustard sauce and a rub made with parsley, herbs and oil.—Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 12 Aug. 2023 Take the classic example of when your feline rolls over and exposes its belly, as if asking for a tummy rub.—John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Aug. 2023 The fragrant, orange-hued rub is predominantly due to paprika, enhanced with a few other spices.—Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023 The tip-off to a tree like this is the ancillary sign nearby; look for droppings, rubs, scrapes, and kicked up leaves and grass left by feeding deer.—Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 20 July 2023 Yet How Long to Marinate Chicken For dry rub marinades, 30 minutes to 2 hours is how long to marinate chicken to allow the flavors to penetrate enough of the chicken to add flavor.—Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 July 2023 Along with his wife and business partner Heather, Davis now combines central Texas-style techniques with Arizona spices and rubs made from scratch, all cooked over Arizona oak.—Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 25 May 2023 See More
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Middle English rubben; akin to East Frisian rubben to rub, scrape, Icelandic rubba to scrape