rub off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rub off wear away
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Quotations

  • Sebastian Coe
    Sebastian Coe
    “All pressure is self-inflicted. It's what you make of it or how you let it rub off on you.”

Usage

In literature:

It would take some rubbing to wear off the sharp corners.
"The Land of Promise" by D. Torbett
Footmarks can be rubbed off at any time without stooping.
"Fowler's Household Helps" by A. L. Fowler
Cut off heads and rub over with salt and leave for an hour.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
An' he takes off 'is 'at an' rubs 'is 'ead, which was a' fast goin' bald.
"The Treasure of Heaven" by Marie Corelli
Mrs. Dale took off her glasses, and rubbed them on the corner of her black silk apron.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
De bark wuz tuk off an' dey wuz rubbed slick an' shiny.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
After that, it is taken off the stretcher and rubbed together between the hands and pulled between two people.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
Hockaday got taken in over that blue-wash for his walls: it comes off as soon as you rub against it.
"News from the Duchy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He was of a slight build and rather pale of face, for five years indoors had rubbed the sunburn off.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
No, May, they are not falling to pieces; that powder can all be rubbed off, and there are your aphids whole and sound beneath it.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
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In poetry:

You know, right at Christmas
They asked me if my blackness,
Would it rub off?
I said, Ask your mama.
"Cultural Exchange" by Langston Hughes
“Clean off his bunk he made a bound,
And when he rubbed his eyes
I’m safe to swear poor Johnnie found
His dander ’gin to rise.
For there were diggers standin’ round—
Their missuses likewise.
"The Sleeping Beauty" by Henry Lawson
Opinions which I had been taught to hold
As full of pith and gravity, he took
As 'twere, 'twixt thumb and finger of his wit--
Rubbed off their gloss, until they seemed to me,
All, as he said, varnished hypocrisies.
"A Friend Of Mine" by James Barron Hope

In news:

As Taiwan prepares to go to the polls on Saturday, almost three decades of democracy may have rubbed the shine off some of its novelty – and instability.
Knicks hope Carmelo Anthony's and Tyson Chandler's Olympic experiences rub off on teammates.
D'Antoni's confidence rubbing off on Lakers.
Stain From Tabloids Rubs Off on a Cozy Scotland Yard .
It is waterproof, sweat proof, and will not rub off.
Friend's angling prowess rubs off.
Scott thinks a little of the Dachshund 's spunky nature rubs off on its owners, making them especially willing to help in an emergency.
I try to resist, then find myself taking off my glasses and desperately rubbing.
But it helped when a little news rubbed off on people, and it's another troubling sign of our times that it doesn't happen much anymore.
Rub 's decision, coming after a productive but relatively short tenure of three years, caught trustees of the Cleveland museum off guard.
Several Eskimo couples rub noses as they head off for their day.
I've tried to make it rub off in fun ways.
They're very happy, and if you visit, it might rub off on you.
Can Superheroes' strength rub off on fans.
She is all white except for her "cow-print" belly, which she likes to show off in exchange for belly rubs.
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