rub in

verb

rubbed in; rubbing in; rubs in

transitive verb

: to harp on (something unpleasant) : emphasize

Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rub in was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Rub in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rub%20in. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

rub in

verb
: to keep reminding someone of something unpleasant
you don't have to rub it in
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