• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rubbing-post a stone or wooden post set up for cattle to rub themselves against
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In literature:

We saw a man whom we took for the proprietor, entirely naked, rubbing his back against a post.
"The Adventures of a Forty-niner" by Daniel Knower
I felt really rolled in the dirt, and that little thing in the post-office afterwards rubbed it in.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
Rub the four bed-posts with a lemon and carry the lemon in the pocket the next day, and the first man you speak to you will marry.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
With drooping head, eyes half-closed, and lower lip pendant, he rubbed against the loosened post.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
CAUSE: An eyelid may be torn on the manger, rubbing post or barb wire fence, etc.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
This should be burned with horse-litter, and afterwards rubbed upon the door-posts.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 449" by Various
The middle watch had been called, and the fresh look-outs, rubbing their eyes, had just gone to their posts.
"The History of Little Peter, the Ship Boy" by W.H.G. Kingston
Pig and her children began to put the rubbing post to good use.
"The Tale of Grunty Pig" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Then something gave a rub against our rudder post.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
Rubbing-posts, and a running stream to wallow in are preventives.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
They rubbed their horns against the posts which divided them.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various

In news:

NYC sends health teams to post-Sandy food handouts, rubbing some wrong way.
Somewhere right now, in some remote farm, maybe in the Midwest or clear on the other side of the globe, a sheep is rubbing obsessively against fence posts and barbed wire, as if trying to reach some incessant itch.
The rub is that the majority of the time it gets posted WITHOUT the people who made it knowing about it.