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 Relax with a rubdown and other pampering starting at $99. Doreen Christensen,, "Last chance to save on dining and free fun this month," 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, "From the Archives: The Who’s generation turned out at stadium 30 years ago," 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, "Moms Love This Trick for Cleaning Sandy Beach Feet," 1 July 2019 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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22 Nov 2019

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“Rubdown.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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