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To massage or caress with one's hands
“The dog stood still and let her pat his head and rub down his back.”
To make smooth, glossy or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding
“For bare wood, rub down the surface with glasspaper, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.”
To remove moisture from, especially by wiping or rubbing with a fabric
“She helped him rub down the wet horses with blankets.”
To brush or comb in order to make presentable
To damage, erode, or destroy by friction or use
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The rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain
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