rub off

rubbed off; rubbing off; rubs off

Definition of rub off

intransitive verb

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

Other Words from rub off

rub-off \ ˈrəb-​ˌȯf How to pronounce rub off (audio) \ noun

Examples of rub off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The assumption is that some of the qualities of the person who once came in contact with the object will rub off. Dimitris Xygalatas, The Conversation, 23 June 2022 Unpopular politicians, by contrast, get close to celebrities -- hoping some of their stardom will rub off onto them, and cure the ailment of public dislike. Arjun Singh, National Review, 10 June 2022 That level of experience, Hetzel said, should rub off on the younger players. oregonlive, 2 July 2022 Rodriguez teases that Molly's free-spirit attitude will rub off on Sofia as the season progresses. Jessica Wang,, 7 July 2022 Ukraine’s incredible defensive achievement at Mariupol has yet to really rub off onto the rest of Ukraine’s fighting force. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 16 May 2022 To her critics, the foreign secretary was purposefully mimicking her great heroine in the hope that some of the Iron Lady’s aura might rub off on her. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 9 May 2022 Don’t let the health halo of the real thing rub off. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2021 So Sonic Youth went into the studio with Nevermind producer Butch Vig to see if some of that magic would rub off on them. Al Shipley, SPIN, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rub off

1869, in the meaning defined above

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11 Aug 2022

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“Rub off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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