rub down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rub down manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes "She rubbed down her child with a sponge"
    • v rub down wear away
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rub down to rub from top to bottom
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Most prob. Celt.; Gael. rub, W. rhwbio, to rub, to grind.

Usage

In literature:

I've had no help from Murray; no baths or rub-downs or trainin' for my candidates.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
I should like a good hour's bout, a swim afterwards in the baths, and a rub down.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He looked for a moment, and then dashed down the platform into the audience, and, seizing the man's head, vigorously rubbed it.
"Complete Hypnotism: Mesmerism, Mind-Reading and Spiritualism" by A. Alpheus
To polish any wood, it is only necessary to fill the pores well, and then rub it down to a smooth surface.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
Bascomb found Rains rubbing down.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
I don't often call on him; but I thought that a rub down before the fire and a glass of toddy would put me right.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
Frank stepped over to the opening where the plank had been removed, and glanced down as he rubbed his chin reflectively.
"The Outdoor Chums at Cabin Point" by Quincy Allen
As you're perfect in that, go and look after my horse, and rub him down well or I'll rub you down.
"Standard Selections" by Various
He gazed across the sandbanks upon the blue leagues of sea, and rubbed his fingers softly up and down the unshaven side of his face.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He uttered an exclamation of pain and sat down a moment, rubbing his leg.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
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In poetry:

THE sun goes down ablaze and bright,
So stretch and rub your eyes:
We have slept all day; we were drunk all
night —
O, wine makes all men wise!
"Egyptian Lyrics" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Dumb with surprise! they sat rubbing their eyes,
To make sure they were not mistaken
—The little man's mouth watered, all down his back,
At the smell of the eggs an' bacon.
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor
I have come to grow young--on my word I declare
I have thought I detected a change in my hair!
One hour with "The Boys" will restore it to brown--
And a wrinkle or two I expect to rub down.
"What I Have Come For" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
We have rolled on life's journey,--how fast and how far!
One round of humanity's many-wheeled car,
But up-hill and down-hill, through rattle and rub,
Old, true Twenty-niners! we've stuck to our hub!
"Lines" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"To walk on foot will hurt my pride;
'Tis needful I a horse should ride.
And who would not, his joy to crown,
Wish for a man to rub him down?"
Dame Fortune listen'd all the while;
Said not a word, but gave a smile.
"Thirteen Wishes" by William Hutton

In news:

If you have these down pat, you could rub two sticks together and enchant people.
David Beckham's rub down put on.
Then one day, "After cracking my back and rubbing his hands down the back of my shorts and blowing on the stomach, he, he put his mouth on my privates," the man said, holding back sobs as a silent courtroom listened.
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can wear people down, or rub people the wrong way.
Does your husband rub down his gun more than you.
But most forgiving is for the small bruises of daily life, when others let you down, thwart or hassle you, or just rub you the wrong way.
Strong muscles keep your joints from rubbing against one another, wearing down cartilage.
This Otter pups knows a good rub down when he gets one.
Otter Pup Enjoys 'Rub Down.
Model CC497 Rub Brick Mop will smooth out imperfections, dressing down and removing form marks before a decorative concrete project.
Innocent ear rubs can stimulate nerve endings that trigger his little friend down below.
Rub the tape down so it will stick well.
Rub the bird down with the seasoning of your choice, paint on a coating of olive oil, place in oven at 350 until you see a nice, brownish skin.
It is wrong to kick a man when he's down or rub salt in another's wounds.
During the course of wet sanding with the graduated grits a few high spots and outside edges were rubbed down to primer.
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