rub·​down | \ ˈrəb-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce rubdown (audio) \

Definition of rubdown

: a brisk rubbing of the body (as to relax fatigued muscles)

Examples of rubdown in a Sentence

The trainer gave him a rubdown after the game.
Recent Examples on the Web During the rubdown, Maxwell allegedly fondled her breasts. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 11 Dec. 2021 Guests are invited to lie on the hot marble at the heart of the bath, known as the göbek tasi; as heat envelops the body, a rubdown with an exfoliating glove and scented soap revitalizes and cleanses. Laurie Brookins, Robb Report, 3 July 2021 Try a reflexology technique or, outsource your rubdown to one of the best heated mechanical foot massagers. Stefanie Groner, Glamour, 2 Dec. 2020 Stretch and give you self a quick rubdown with a form roller for the best results. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 19 Apr. 2020 The state’s appeal also contends that Kraft does not have any legal standing to complain about violations of the privacy rights of people who got lawful rubdowns. Marc Freeman,, 1 Nov. 2019 Relax with a rubdown and other pampering starting at $99. Doreen Christensen,, 27 Sep. 2019 While the lads are on break -- getting tea, rubdowns and oxygen -- now is a good time to point out a few others who are helping to simulate that fierce energy force once known as the Who. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Aug. 2019 And there’s only so much a quick rubdown or rinse can do erase hours of body surfing and sandcastle building. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of rubdown

1798, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2022

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“Rubdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of rubdown

: an act of rubbing someone's body to relax the muscles


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