What is the opposite of rub?

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Opposite of to make glossy or shiny by rubbing
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Opposite of to damage, erode, or destroy by friction or use
“A good wax will easily last eight to ten months on a car that will protect the paint from external elements like scratches, dust, and contaminants.”
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Opposite of to touch or stroke gently or lovingly
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Opposite of to smooth or level out by rubbing or applying friction
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Opposite of to touch or feel with the fingers
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Opposite of clean, polish thoroughly
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Opposite of clean with force
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Opposite of to knead body parts with one's hands
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Opposite of to rub a (typically oily or sticky) substance over
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Opposite of to wear away or cause damage through applied friction
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Opposite of to come into general physical contact with
“If you see mushrooms in the wild, don't be tempted to pick it up, and instead avoid them.”
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Opposite of to touch or stroke gently or lovingly
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To apply as a coating
“I like to spread a good amount of butter on my raisin toast each morning.”
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(of writing) Opposite of to erase or strike out
“It's time for you to start expanding your vocabulary and add some fresh, new words to your writing.”
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Opposite of to examine or treat (a part of the body) by feeling or moving it with the hand
“My books are on shelves that are so high that I pull a muscle in my neck just from looking up.”
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Opposite of to make smooth, glossy or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding
“Using spray waxes or polishes on a surface will just dull the shine.”
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Opposite of to wipe (something wet) dry, typically with an absorbent material such as a cloth
Wet this cloth with cold water and put it over his head.”
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Opposite of to move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way
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Opposite of an act of rubbing something
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Opposite of the central problem or difficulty in a situation
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Opposite of a thick liquid or semi-solid cosmetic or medical preparation applied to the skin
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Opposite of a fragrant cream or liquid used to heal or soothe the skin
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Opposite of something that causes irritation or frustration
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Opposite of scratch or rasp
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