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.

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Lovullo ducked into the trainer’s room, where Corbin was getting a rubdown, to deliver the good news. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo eases his greatest regret by rewarding Patrick Corbin," 28 Mar. 2018 Investors are apparently shocked that big tech companies that have long received political protection from liberals are suddenly getting the Big Oil rubdown. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Facebook Joins the Club," 19 Mar. 2018 One side of the strap is all soft scrubbing bristles; the other side has bumps and triangles for a more stimulating rubdown. Judi Dash,, "Gadget Guru: Body & Sole take-along bathing accessories," 29 Sep. 2017 After moisturizing with drippings from an organic massage candle, you're swaddled for a soothing scalp, neck and shoulder rubdown. Meirav Devash, CNN, "How to beat jet lag with hotel spa treatments," 15 May 2017 Before the rubdowns begin, the couple is split for mid-date debriefings. Michael Benninger, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Blind date: An international adventure to Baja," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of rubdown

1798, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rubdown

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

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