rub off

verb

Definition of rub off 

intransitive verb

: to become transferred bad habits rubbed off on them carbon rubs off on your hands

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Other Words from rub off

rub-off \ˈrəb-ˌȯf \ noun

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Academic research suggests that long-term market declines can rub off on consumers, leading them to feel less affluent and therefore spend less money. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Markets That Climbed the Trump Bump Are Tumbling Down From It," 2 Apr. 2018 That promotional bit appears to have rubbed off on some, even in the media. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Turn 4: Takeaways from TMS' summer race weekend," 10 June 2018 Perhaps the new team is hoping a little Meghan Markle sparkle will rub off? Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Zosia Mamet, Evan Jonigkeit Model J. Crew's New Political Tees," 31 May 2018 Taylor and DeWine have run from Kasich's more moderate stances on health care and firearms and embraced Trump — hoping the president's popularity with conservatives will rub off on them. Jessie Balmert, USA TODAY, "Ohio primary: The wacky, bitter battle to replace Gov. John Kasich," 6 May 2018 Maybe O’Connor’s frank, forthrightness will also rub off on Orlando City’s entire organization. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "James O’Connor is finally forcing Orlando City’s players to look in the mirror," 14 July 2018 But sometimes his passive, analytic approach rubs off on his teammates. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers: Time to 'feel' like playoffs really matter -- Terry Pluto," 14 May 2018 Taylor and DeWine have run from Gov. John Kasich's more moderate stances on health care and firearms and embraced Trump – hoping the president's popularity with conservatives will rub off on them. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio primary: The wacky, bitter battle to replace Gov. John Kasich," 5 May 2018 One thing is for sure, and that's Counsell and the Brewers hope some of Thames's current long-ball magic rubs off on the rest of an offense that's been stuck in neutral for much of the season. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Just call Eric Thames Mr. April, or if you're the Reds, pitch around him," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rub off

1869, in the meaning defined above

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