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rub off

informal
phrasal verb with rub uk   us   /rʌb/ verb [I or T] (-bb-)
If a quality or characteristic that someone has rubs off, other people begin to have it because they have been with that person and learned it from them: His enthusiasm is starting to rub off on the rest of us.
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