the rub

Definition of the rub


  1. :  something that causes a difficulty or problem She's an amazing cook, but she rarely has time to make meals. There's the rub. Therein/There lies the rub.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move along the surface of a body with pressure :  grate

    :  to fret or chafe with or as if with friction

    :  to cause discontent, irritation, or anger

  1. :  an unevenness of surface (as of the ground in lawn bowling)

    :  obstruction, difficulty

    :  something grating to the feelings (such as a gibe or harsh criticism)

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a dividing ridge between drainage areas

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