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To rub off

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To rub off to clean anything by rubbing; to separate by friction; as, to rub off rust.
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Usage

In literature:

He tried to rub it off against his head and it stuck there and then there was a circus.
"Roy Blakely, Pathfinder" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Do not allow the tips of the boughs or the end buds to get broken or rubbed off.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
She wanted to rub the mud off, but he said that didn't matter: he was in a hurry to get away.
"The Shrieking Pit" by Arthur J. Rees
Sometimes it seems quite perfect for a few moments, but something always happens to rub off the bloom.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Although full intense blacks can be dyed with them, the black is rather loosely fixed and tends to rub off.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Obviously the way to remedy too much ink was to rub some of it off and the directest means to that end was the ever-useful pocket handkerchief.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
When done, rub off the peels with a clean coarse cloth, and slice them in two or four, according to their size.
"A Poetical Cook-Book" by Maria J. Moss
It had been rubbed on the dusty pavement to take off the newness.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Puss rubbed her head against his feet, purred contentedly, and ran off to look for mice.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
Another tried to rub off the thick, dark stain, but with little success.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
He wouldn't smash hisself, on'y rub some skin off, and he'll be hollering to me d'reckly from somewheres below.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
When he shall have rubbed off some of the rustic mayhap I will have something to say to him.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
Then it will rub the two legs together to get off the dirt.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
Rub them with a cloth, to get off the roughness.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
To discharge grease from articles made of leather, apply the white of an egg; let it dry in the sun, and then rub it off.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Guess I'm jest astin' you to rub the corners off'n them circumstances so they'll run smooth.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
Kalliope spent some time trying to rub the dirt off the front of her frock.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
She likes to have him around till she leans ag'in' him and rubs the paint off, then she's out shootin' eyes at another one.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
So I make for Greece, To rub the rust off, thrashing dirty Turks.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand
Go to Mr. Duncan's room and rub all the skin off his body.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
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In poetry:

“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:

If you get off on fringe music and a little frottage (as in the act of rubbing against someone in a crowd to attain sexual satisfaction), there is no better venue than the Hemlock Tavern.
Blinc's Kiss Me Mascara coats each individual lash in a tiny flexible tube of waterproof pigment that refuses to rub off until you decide to gently peel it away.
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.
Roadway Role Models: Adults need to remember habits often rub off on teens.
Obama Looks for Some of the Bill Clinton Magic to Rub Off on Him.
Cut off a piece of interfacing a bit larger than the stone you want to rub .
Steffani Lincecum teaches how to duplicate a favorite skirt using a paper rub-off technique.
Events in 2012 make this a year of great civic and sporting pride for Britain, but little goodwill seems to be rubbing off on the Government.
Sheryl Crow has been living in Nashville for close to seven years, and it seems to have rubbed off on her.
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.
The Kardashians are definitely a fan of jungle fever, as am I, and it seem to be rubbing off onto the Jenner clan, as well.
TV's Seinfeld may have shone an unflattering light on the notion of "regifting," but that shame doesn't seem to have rubbed off on the music industry.
The authors of the new study wanted to see how much food and drink choices rubbed off on friends and family.
I've tried to make it rub off in fun ways.
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