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The central problem or difficulty in a situation
“But surely the rub is in implementing these worthy principles!”
An act of rubbing
“The pain startled him out of his thoughts, but a quick rub of the injury relieved the throbbing.”
Something that is a source of irritation
“… even what seems to be a dream job usually turns out to have its fair share of rubs.”
The act of rubbing
“Give them a rub with a clean, dry cloth.”
To make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure
“She had different ointments to rub on and disinfectants to wash out cuts.”
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.”
To make smooth by friction
“… the furniture restorer rubbed the board perfectly smooth with sandpaper.”
“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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