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scrub

verb uk   /skrʌb/ (-bb-) us  

scrub verb (CLEAN)

[I or T] to rub something hard in order to clean it, especially using a stiff brush, soap, and water: She scrubbed (at) the mark on the wall for ages, but it wouldn't come off. [+ obj + adj ] He scrubbed the old saucepan clean, and it looked as good as new.

scrub verb (STOP)

[T] ( US usually scratch) informal to decide not to do something you had planned to do: We had to scrub our plans when I lost my job.
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scrub

noun uk   /skrʌb/ us  

scrub noun (PLANTS)

scrub noun (CLEAN)

[S] the act of rubbing something hard in order to clean it, especially using a stiff brush, soap, and water: Kids, give your hands a good scrub and come and get your dinner!
scrubby
adjective uk   /ˈskrʌb.i/ us  
covered with short trees and bushes: scrubby vegetation
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