To rub something is to move against the surface of it. This movement can be accidental or intentional. Rubbing causes friction resulting in wear. Rubbing is also a method of adding a liquid or a lotion in order to make something soft or produce some other intended effect.
- Doris rubbed some lotion onto her hands to keep them soft.
- George rubbed his hands together to keep them warm.
- As Samantha was walking in the woods, her leg rubbed up against a bush with thorns.
- The back tire on my bike is rubbing up against the brakes. I have to fix that.
- Some people believe that rubbing a rabbit’s foot can bring good luck.
- An eraser at the end of a pencil can be used to rub out mistakes that are made on paper.
- It feels good to have someone rub your back. (This is called a "back rub.")
- People may rub their eyes when they are tired.
- It’s natural to rub any part of your body that has been hit or injured.
Here are some expressions and an English nursery rhyme that use the word "rub."
- He rubs me the wrong way. (There’s something about him that I don’t like.)
- Ah, there’s the rub. (That’s the problem.)
Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker,
And all of them out to sea.
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April 21, 2019