the rub


: 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.

Examples of the rub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The widespread interest in gen AI has created a massive wave of use cases and experiments—and there’s the rub. Byrodney Zemmel, Fortune, 15 May 2024 Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the rub inside the body cavity and 1/2 teaspoon inside the neck cavity of the chicken. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 13 May 2024 And that’s the rub: Long waits and staff stretched thin are the natural by-products of overexpansion. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 2 May 2024 Here’s the rub: To date, Nothing has released nothing but earbuds and cell phones—none of which have changed the market dramatically. Parker Hall, WIRED, 5 Apr. 2024 Here’s the rub—and there’s often a rub with a release like this. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2024 But here’s the rub: This was the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and all 17,500 seats around the Hollywood Bowl were empty. Michael Schneider, Variety, 7 Mar. 2024 But here’s the rub: the barbeque is a wedding reception for his mother and his uncle. David Catlin, The Enquirer, 6 Mar. 2024 But here’s the rub: two years into a steep rebuild caused by mortgaging large chunks of the future — moves that led to the Super Bowl victory — McVay’s program has surprised many football experts by ranking in the NFL’s top half in scoring on both offense and defense. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023

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“The rub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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