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rub

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

something that is a source of irritation
  • even what seems to be a dream job usually turns out to have its fair share of rubs

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rub

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of rub (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to damage or diminish by continued friction
  • the brake pads were rubbed away as a result of years of use

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2 to make smooth by friction
  • the furniture restorer rubbed the board perfectly smooth with sandpaper

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3 to make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure
  • the butler rubbed the silver tea set until it gleamed

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The first known use of rub was in the 14th century

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“Rub.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rub. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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