rub off on someone Definition
verb rubbed, rubbing
- 1. To apply pressure and friction to something by moving one's hand or an object backwards and forwards over its surface.
- Thesaurus: stroke, massage, caress, knead.
2. To move backwards and forwards against, on or along it with pressure and friction.
- Form: rub against something (usually)
- Form: rub on something
- Form: rub along something
- Form: rub something on something else (usually)
- Form: rub something into something else
- Thesaurus: clean, scrub, polish, shine, smooth, knead.
5. To remove it or be removed by pressure and friction.
- Form: rub something away, off, out (often)
6. To be sore or make something sore by pressure and friction; to chafe.
- Thesaurus: abrade, chafe, irritate, inflame, grate, rasp.
7. To fray by pressure and friction.
- Said of a bowl: to be slowed down or deflected by unevenness in the green, an obstacle, etc.
- 1. The process or an act of rubbing.
- Thesaurus: stroke, touch, friction, wipe.
- Example: It will cost a lot and there's the rub
- Thesaurus: difficulty, problem, dilemma, impediment, obstacle, hindrance, drawback, catch, hitch, snag, predicament, frustration.
- Something that slows down or deflects a bowl.
- See separate entries.
- Application of friction.
- An impression or copy made by placing paper over a raised surface and rubbing the paper with crayon, wax, chalk, etc. See also frottage (sense 1).
- Example: a brass rubbing
- To come into social contact.
- To persist in reminding someone of a fault or mistake they have made.
- To annoy or irritate them, especially by dealing with them carelessly or tactlessly.
- Thesaurus: irritate, anger, annoy, peeve, irk, needle, bug, vex, get to (
Phrasal Verb: rub along
- To manage to cope, make progress, etc without any particular difficulties.
- To be on more or less friendly terms with them.
- To rub (one's body, a horse, etc) briskly from head to foot, eg to dry it.To prepare (a surface) to receive new paint or varnish by rubbing the old paint or varnish off.To become or make something smooth by rubbing.
- To apply (ointment, etc) by rubbing.To mix (fat) into flour by rubbing one's fingertips together in the mixture.To insist on talking about or emphasizing (an embarrassing fact or circumstance).
- To have an effect on or be passed to someone by close association.
- Example: Some of his bad habits have rubbed off on you
- To murder them.
- To remove it by rubbing, especially with an eraser.
- To rub against someone in an attempt to excite them or oneself sexually.
- To polish it.To refresh one's memory or knowledge of it.