rub out


rubbed out; rubbing out; rubs out

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

aerial bombs rubbed out the oil refinery an elaborate setup to rub out rival mobsters
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Rub out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

rub out

: to remove by or as if by erasing
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