To rub out

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To rub out to remove or separate by friction; to erase; to obliterate; as, to rub out a mark or letter; to rub out a stain.
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Usage

In literature:

He caught my eye and blew out his cheeks, and began to whistle softly as he rubbed the barrel of his gun with his sleeve.
"Bunyip Land" by George Manville Fenn
Up to that time I had no thought of anything else than being rubbed out.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
And she rubbed and rubbed her cheeks, trying to smooth them out.
"Tatterdemalion" by John Galsworthy
When he bent close he saw that wax had been rubbed over the wood to bring out this pattern.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Season inside and out, rub over with fat or butter, and roast in quick heat, to the degree required.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
You tried to rub out that kiss, too.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Edred rubbed his legs, while Dickie stretched his fingers to get the pins and needles out of his arms.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
They tried to steal out the other tent, but their first movement awakened Jesse, who sat up rubbing his eyes.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Rubbing her eyes with both fists, she crept to the window and looked out.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
She stretched out her hand to touch his arm; then she drew herself up in the dark and rubbed her eyes, realizing that she was alone.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Leave out one ounce of saltpetre to rub the hams over-night.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
He let Bell continue rubbing, and went out to Hatteras.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
I wouldn't put it past that lying old Umanuh to try rubbing us out before morning.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Those birds had good cause to want me rubbed out.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
You do not have to rub out so much.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
I prune little, only enough to thin out the tops and keep limbs from rubbing each other, and to give light.
"The Apple" by Various
They'll set around for a while, and rub their hurts, and try to think out jest how it all happened.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
The heat ate into his back unbearably and he finally sat up, rubbed his eyes and stared out to sea.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
And I want to rub out any tracks we may leave, before quitting this place.
"The Boy Scouts in the Rockies" by Herbert Carter
For a week, in deep snow and deeper fog, they wandered in and out of Fool's River, the irony of which could not fail to rub them sore.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
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In poetry:

Furthermore, rub out
That MRS., too--
I'll have you know
I'm Madam to you!
"Madam and the Census Man" by Langston Hughes
The buyer paid and went away,
The druggist rubbed his glasses,
Then sudden shouted in dismay:
'Of all the silly asses!'
And out into the street he ran
To catch the speeding man.
"Distracted Druggist" by Robert W Service
Then all run out to the rain-water tub,
Dip in their mittens, and rub, and rub;
Their little knuckles are fairly bare,
And wet, as if drowned, is every hair--
Still, over the tub,
They rub, rub, rub!
"The Three Little Kittens" by Clara Doty Bates
And by the river reaches all silver to the moon
You'd hear the shipwrights' hammers beat out a phantom tune,
The caulkers' ghostly mallets rub-dub their faint tattoo —
If ghosts should walk in Deptford, as very like they do.
"Ghosts In Deptford" by Cicely Fox Smith
I've put my team in the barn, and rubbed their sweaty coats;
I've fed 'em a heap of hay and half a bushel of oats;
And to see the way they eat makes me like eatin' feel,
And Jane won't say to-night that I don't make out a meal.
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by William McKendree Carleton
And here one night it happened, when things was goin' bad,
We fell in a deep old quarrel--the first we ever had;
And when you give out and cried, then I, like a fool, give in,
And then we agreed to rub all out, and start the thing ag'in.
"Out Of The Old House, Nancy" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Olive Plans to Rub Out the Audio CD .
The University of Alabama football fan accused of rubbing his genitals in the neck of a passed-out LSU fan after the BCS Championship game pleaded not guilty Monday morning to sexual battery and obscenity charges.
Before we liberals are told that we should reach out to our brethren on the political right in the interest of finding common ground, allow us, please, a moment or two to rub it in a little after yesterday's election.
Olive Plans to Rub Out the Audio CD.
Those ideas have never come to us from medical experts, but thanks to a new study out of Rutgers University, MDs might soon suggest that you have your guy sensuously give you a back rub with something edible, specifically coffee.
The tandoori fire brings out the flavors of the coriander and fennel in the rub which, to our delight, wasn't tarted up in a fake red color.
Maybe they rub you the wrong way or, even worse, just don't seem to like you and you can't figure out why.
Fire officials say the teacher was burning rubbing alcohol when the demonstration went out of control, burning five students and sending two others to hospitals for exposure to smoke.
You'll have to remember to put the top back on if it rains, but other than that, rub on some sunscreen, fill up the gas tank, and head out on the open highway.
Turns out there is no such challenge at Detroit Prime, thanks to rubs and cures and 24 to 36 hours of marinating, what Prentice calls " pampering ".
Discover how to rub out 5 dilemmas with a pencil eraser.
Theresa Lamberson, a master gardener, will explain how to prune trees, shrubs and roses to improve their shape, get rid of deadwood and clear out rubbing branches.
More often, a buck rubs not out of aggression, but to purposefully deposit scent, and it is these rubs that are of greatest value to the hunter.
From time to time, I go to a bathroom on a mostly deserted floor, go into a stall, and rub out a quick one.
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