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Noun
The central problem or difficulty in a situation
“But surely the rub is in implementing these worthy principles!”
Noun
An act of rubbing
“The pain startled him out of his thoughts, but a quick rub of the injury relieved the throbbing.”
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Something that is a source of irritation
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“Even what seems to be a dream job usually turns out to have its fair share of rubs.”
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The act of rubbing
“Give them a rub with a clean, dry cloth.”
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A smooth oily substance that is rubbed on the skin for medicinal purposes or as a cosmetic
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An act or sound of scraping
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A light and fleeting touch
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A brief application of a piece of absorbent material to a surface
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A difficult or tangled situation
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A quick, light touch with the hand
Verb
To make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure
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“She had different ointments to rub on and disinfectants to wash out cuts.”
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To damage or diminish by continued friction
“They shouldn't do this, though, because the fiberglass edges can rub on the skin and cause irritation.”
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To make smooth by friction
“The furniture restorer rubbed the board perfectly smooth with sandpaper.”
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To apply firm pressure to the surface of (something), using a repeated back and forth motion
“It is important not to just rub the skin over the area but to apply firm downward pressure with the thumb, knuckle or elbow.”
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Knead body parts
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To come into general physical contact with
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To remove or take away
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(of writing) To erase or strike out
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To move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way
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To grind to a fine powder, to pulverize
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To touch one another with the lips as a sign of love
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