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"rub" in British English

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rubverb [I or T]

uk   /rʌb/ us   /rʌb/ -bb-
B2 to press or be pressed against something with a circular or up-and-down repeated movement: She yawned and rubbed her eyes sleepily. He rubbed (at) the stain on his trousers and made it worse. We rubbed some polish into the surface of the wood. She gently rubbed the ointment in. First rub the baking tray well with butter. [+ obj + adj ] Alice rubbed the blackboard clean for the teacher. Your cat keeps on rubbing itself (up) against my leg. She was rubbing her hands (together) at the thought of winning. The branches rubbed against each other in the wind. The chair legs have rubbed holes in the carpet. My new shoes are rubbing (against/on my toe) and now I've got blisters. These marks will never rub off (= be cleaned off). Alice rubbed the sums off (= cleaned them off) the blackboard for the teacher.

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rubnoun [C]

uk   /rʌb/ us   /rʌb/

the rub

formal
the particular problem that makes a situation difficult or impossible: You can't get a job unless you have experience, but there's the rub, you can't get experience unless you have a job.
(Definition of rub from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rubverb [I/T]

us   /rʌb/ -bb-
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.

rubnoun [C]

us   /rʌb/
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.
(Definition of rub from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “rub”
in Korean 비비다, 문지르다…
in Arabic يُدَلِّك…
in Malaysian menggosok…
in French frotter…
in Russian тереть, натирать, стирать (кожу)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 擦, 摩擦, 搓…
in Italian strofinare, sfregare…
in Turkish ovmak, ovalamak, ovuşturmak…
in Polish pocierać, trzeć, ocierać (o)…
in Spanish frotar, restregar…
in Vietnamese cọ, rụi…
in Portuguese esfregar…
in Thai นวด…
in German reiben…
in Catalan fregar…
in Japanese ~をこする, (布で)ふく…
in Chinese (Simplified) 擦, 摩擦, 搓…
in Indonesian menggosok…
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