rub off

verb
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of rub off

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

rub-off

play \ˈrəb-ˌȯf\ noun

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1869


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