rub out

verb
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 rub out (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 His mission, ostensibly, is to retrieve the sword and rub out Akemi, who’s just turned 21 and unknowingly inherited the Kawa crime family empire. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 30 Aug. 2021 For at-home maintenance, Away (which doesn’t cover superficial markings under warranty), recommends using a Magic Eraser sponge to rub out scuffs and scratches, while Rimowa suggests using isopropyl alcohol as a cleaning and restoring agent. Laura Neilson, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2021 Robby Fabbri put in a hard shift to set up the goal; Nikita Zadorov tried to rub out Fabbri along the boards, but Fabbri refused to be denied space. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 28 Feb. 2021 Exotic has served a year of his more than 20-year sentence for attempting to hire a hitman to rub out Baskin. Ben Feuerherd, Fox News, 21 Jan. 2021 Use a dry erase marker instead of a Sharpie when designing to easily rub out any mistakes or errant marks. Beth Segal, cleveland, 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, 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, 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, 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of rub out

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rub out was in the 15th century

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5 Sep 2021

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“Rub out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rub%20out. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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