rub·​down ˈrəb-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce rubdown (audio)
: a brisk rubbing of the body (as to relax fatigued muscles)

Example Sentences

The trainer gave him a rubdown after the game.
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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rubdown was in 1798

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Cite this Entry

“Rubdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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rub·​down ˈrəb-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce rubdown (audio)
: a brisk rubbing of the body (as to relax tired muscles)
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