Definition of Rub down

1. Verb. Wear away.

Exact synonyms: Abrade, Abrase, Corrade, Rub Off
Specialized synonyms: Chafe, Excoriate, Rasp
Generic synonyms: Wear Away, Wear Off
Derivative terms: Abradant, Abradant, Abrader, Abrasion, Abrasion, Abrasion, Abrasive, Corrasion, Rubdown



2. Verb. Manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes. "She rubbed down her child with a sponge"
Exact synonyms: Knead, Massage
Generic synonyms: Manipulate
Entails: Rub
Derivative terms: Massage, Massager, Rubdown

Definition of Rub down

1. Verb. (idiomatic transitive) to rub, e.g. for cleaning, stripping paint or massage ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rub Down

rozit
rozited
roziting
rozits
rozzer
rozzers
rpm
rrna operon
rsum
ruana
ruanas
ruarsite
rub
rub-a-dub
rub along
rub down (current term)
rub elbows with
rub in
rub it in
rub of the green
rub off
rub off on
rub out
rub salt in someone's wounds
rub salt in the wound
rub somebody the wrong way
rub up
rub up on
rubaboo

Literary usage of Rub down

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary, Historical and by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley (1902)
"Whence то rub down WITH AN OAKEN TOWEL = to thrash.—GROSE (1785); MATSELL (1859)- OAR, suis. (old).—i. A busy body : hence, то PUT (or SHOVE) ONE'S OAR IN ..."

2. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1878)
"The next noticeable effect of the rub-down is an alteration in the frequency of the pulse. This appears to depend, like the alteration in the respiration, ..."

3. Recreation by George O. Shields, American Canoe Association, League of American Sportsmen (1902)
"Lay the print on the card and rub down with your thumb, dry. starting at the centre and working out. When near the edge lay an old negative on the print and ..."

4. A Greek Reader: Selected Principally from the Work of Frederic Jacobs by Charles Anthon (1854)
"... to touch and cause to move) A musician, a harper ', ov, ti (from •фа», to rub down into small fragments). Sand. ..."

5. Problems in Furniture Making by Fred Duane Crawshaw (1917)
"Finish with varnish and rub down three or four coats to give a dull or egg-shell finish. In putting cabinet together glue sides up first ; lay one side on ..."

6. Problems in Furniture Making by Fred Duane Crawshaw (1912)
"Finish with varnish and rub down three or four coats to give a dull or egg-shell finish. In putting cabinet together glue sides up first ; lay one side on ..."

7. School Library Management by Martha Wilson (1919)
"rub down carefully. Many illustrations are on heavy coated paper and must be replaced by a paper ... Push in as far as possible, rub down gently and firmly. ..."

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