ˌrub (sth) ˈoff


ˌrub (sth) ˈoff
phrasal verb
if you rub something off, or if it rubs off, you remove it by rubbing it

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  • rub something off — ˌrub sthˈoff (sth) | ˌrub ˈoff derived to remove sth or to be removed by rubbing • She rubbed off the dead skin. • The gold colouring had begun to rub off. • (BrE) …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub something off something — ˌrub sthˈoff (sth) | ˌrub ˈoff derived to remove sth or to be removed by rubbing • She rubbed off the dead skin. • The gold colouring had begun to rub off. • (BrE) …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub — rub1 S3 [rʌb] v past tense and past participle rubbed present participle rubbing [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps from Low German rubben] 1.) [I and T] to move your hand, or something such as a cloth, backwards and forwards over a surface while… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rub*/ — [rʌb] verb I 1) [I/T] to move your hands or an object over a surface firmly Scott gently rubbed her back until the pain went away.[/ex] Rub your hands together – it will help you to stay warm.[/ex] 2) [T] to spread a liquid or substance onto the… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • polish something off — (informal) 1 he polished off an apple pie: EAT, finish, consume, devour, guzzle, wolf down, down, bolt; drink up, drain …   Useful english dictionary

  • rubbed, rubbing — verb 1 (I, T) to move your hand, a cloth etc over a surface while pressing against it: Kolchinsky nodded and then rubbed his eyes wearily. | She began rubbing her hair with a towel. | You ll have to rub harder if you want to get it clean. 2 (T)… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wipe — wipe1 S3 [waıp] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(clean/rub)¦ 2¦(remove dirt)¦ 3¦(computer/tape)¦ 4 wipe something from your mind/memory 5 wipe the floor with somebody 6 wipe the slate clean 7 wipe the smile/grin off somebody s face 8 wipe something off the face of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scratch — scratch1 [skrætʃ] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(rub your skin)¦ 2¦(cut somebody s skin)¦ 3¦(make a mark)¦ 4¦(animals)¦ 5¦(remove something)¦ 6¦(remove writing)¦ 7¦(make a noise)¦ 8 scratch the surface 9 scratch your head 10¦(stop something happening)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wipe — 1 verb 1 CLEAN/RUB (T) a) to rub a surface with a cloth in order to remove dirt, liquid etc: I wiped the table with a damp cloth. | wipe your eyes (=stop crying or remove tears from your face) b) to clean something by rubbing it against a surface …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dry — 1 /draI/ adjective comparative driersuperlative driest 1 NOT WET without water or liquid inside or on the surface: The floor was made of hard dry earth. | The paint isn t dry yet be careful! | Can you check if the washing s dry? | shake/rub/wipe… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English