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English definition of “the rub”

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.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
(Definition of the rub from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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