rub out

rubbed out; rubbing out; rubs out

Definition of rub out

transitive verb

1 : to obliterate by or as if by rubbing
2 : to destroy completely specifically : kill, murder somebody rubbed him out … with a twenty-two — Raymond Chandler

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Other Words from rub out

rubout \ ˈrəb-​ˌau̇t How to pronounce rubout (audio) \ noun

Examples of rub out in a Sentence

aerial bombs rubbed out the oil refinery an elaborate setup to rub out rival mobsters
Recent Examples on the Web Use a dry erase marker instead of a Sharpie when designing to easily rub out any mistakes or errant marks. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Pandemic Halloween party: Turning pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns with your pod…Plus snacks," 15 Oct. 2020 An extensive torture campaign has been documented by human rights workers, intended to rub out any sense of disloyalty from the military. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Things have changed for Venezuela. But they're not what Juan Guaido hoped for," 21 Jan. 2020 His government and its allies have been changing place names to Hindu from Muslim, rubbing out historic Muslim figures from textbooks and celebrating lynch mobs who murdered Muslims. New York Times, "As Protests Flare in India, Modi Plays a New Position: Defense," 24 Dec. 2019 Owens had Japan-Russia on opening night, and drew jeers from the partisan crown after rubbing out a Kotaro Matsushima try because the Japan winger dropped the ball reaching for the line. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Referee Owens’ visibility second only to Leitch at World Cup," 11 Oct. 2019 Garces rubbed out another try by Fiji without video review because a forward pass was obvious. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wales reaches RWC quarterfinals after thrilling win vs Fiji," 9 Oct. 2019 Home favorite Bernd Ritthammer rubbed out Robert MacIntyre’s four-stroke advantage to join the Scottish rookie for a share of the lead after the third day of the European Open in Hamburg, Germany., "Twins’ Michael Pineda suspended 60 games," 7 Sep. 2019 His vision started blacking in from all sides like it was being rubbed out with an eraser. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "This Pro Skydiver Was Invincible—Until his Heart Stopped Beating Regularly," 22 June 2018 Well, not really all that impressive since Putin effectively wiped out (or rubbed out) any serious opposition. Author: Cal Thomas | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "The Russian (S)election," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rub out

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Oct 2020

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“Rub out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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