rub out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rub out remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing "Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rub out to erase
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

John Jay carried it out of doors and carefully rubbed the plank from one end to the other.
"Ole Mammy's Torment" by Annie Fellows Johnston
It can be made of any sort of hard-wood, neatly cut out, rubbed smooth with sand-paper, and oiled or varnished.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various
The border became blurred and was rubbed out.
"The Last Spike" by Cy Warman
He rubbed his huge hands together and turned out more liquor.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
Mrs. Patterson pencilled an outline on the cloth, then rubbed out, redrew, changed, and corrected the lines, with painstaking care.
"Honey-Sweet" by Edna Turpin
The girl proceeded to rub out with the duster all the questions but the first.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
The girl took out a crumpled handkerchief and began rubbing her nose absently while she went on talking about the accordion-plaiting.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It was to be rubbed in at night, and brushed out again in the morning.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
He even started to put Jean in one of the big chairs, but she made him rub it out.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
When the clothes are unrolled, the dirt may be washed out with less rubbing.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
With the turpentine rag the painter rubbed at the red spots on Sue's dress, and then, having taken those out, he began on Bunny and Charlie.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store" by Laura Lee Hope
Take out of the water and rub vigorously with a coarse towel, until all hairs are removed.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
Seffy stared a little and rubbed some dust out of his eyes.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume II. (of X.)" by Various
Rub a cleaned fish with it, both inside and out.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
Marjorie rubbed her eyes, and then jumped out of bed and looked out of the window.
"The Cruise of the Noah's Ark" by David Cory
Anna caught up her white apron and vigorously rubbed her eyes; then she hurried out to the path from her shelter among the trees.
"The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911" by Various
Climbing out of the train Stanton stood for a second rubbing his eyes at the final abruptness and unreality of it all.
"Molly Make-Believe" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
When the Kalevide awoke, he rubbed the sleep out of his eyes and felt for his sword, but it had disappeared.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
I had one pot of clothes to boil and another just out of the pot to rub and rinse.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Should a hole begin to cause rubbing, turn the sock inside out or change it to the other foot.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
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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 giant crocodile story came out on Good Morning America yesterday about this huge crocodile that was getting a belly rub from people on a boat in Australia.
The giant crocodile story came out on Good Morning America yesterday about this huge crocodile that was getting a belly rub from people on a boat in.
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.
Olive Plans to Rub Out the Audio CD.
King County Elections won't rub out Rick Steves TV spot.
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.
Rubbing out rudeness on public transit.
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 ".
Noah and Caleb rubbing seeds out of the mature sorghum heads for planting.
I just rub her back as she lets it out.
Dry rubs can definitely amp up your food and take you out of your culinary rut.
Hair Flairs introduces Color Rub , a temporary rub -on hair color that stays on until you wash it out.
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In science:

Conversely, unsystematic averages over x0 and/or n would rub out the details of the multiscale properties.
Comment on "Temporal Scaling at Feigenbaum points and non-extensive thermodynamics" by P. Grassberger
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