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rub

verb [I/T]  /rʌb/ (-bb-) us  
to press or be pressed against something with a repeated circular, side to side, or up and down movement: [T] I rubbed the place where I bumped my head. [T] If you rub linseed oil into the wood, it will protect it.

rub

noun [C]  /rʌb/ us  
The rub is something that prevents success: She got good reviews for her original cooking, but the rub was that people wanted very traditional dishes.
Translations of “rub”
in Korean 비비다, 문지르다…
in Arabic يُدَلِّك…
in French frotter…
in Turkish ovmak, ovalamak, ovuşturmak…
in Italian strofinare, sfregare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擦, 摩擦, 搓…
in Russian тереть, натирать, стирать (кожу)…
in Polish pocierać, trzeć, ocierać (o)…
in Spanish restregar, frotar…
in Portuguese esfregar…
in German reiben…
in Catalan fregar…
in Japanese ~をこする, (布で)ふく…
in Chinese (Simplified) 擦, 摩擦, 搓…
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