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English definition of “rub sth down”

rub sth down

verb [I or T] uk phrasal verb with rub   /rʌb/ (-bb-) us  
to rub something with a rough cloth, brush, or paper until its surface is smooth, or clean and shiny: Rub the wood down with fine sandpaper till it is smooth. We rubbed the walls down with soap and hot water.
(Definition of rub sth down from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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