rub

To rub is to push firmly and repeatedly, like when you rub your sore foot. When Hamlet says, "aye, there's the rub," he's not talking about getting a massage. Rub, as a noun, is an obstacle or something in your way.

You can rub someone's aching back or rub sunblock on your arms and legs. You can also watch chunks of melting ice on a lake's surface rub against each other or complain that your new shoes rub your heels and give you blisters. Colloquially, you might rub off on your friends, or begin to influence them by your mere presence. If, however, you rub them the wrong way, you irritate or annoy them. The noun rub is not used nearly as often as the verb, but people do love to allude to Hamlet's "aye, there's the rub" line in the "to be or not to be" soliloquy, referring to the unforeseen dreams of death that haunt mankind.

Primary Meanings of rub

1.
vn
move over something with pressure
the act of rubbing or wiping
2.
n
an unforeseen obstacle
Full Definitions of rub
1

v move over something with pressure

rub my hands”
rub oil into her skin”
Types:
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brush
rub with a brush, or as if with a brush
pumice
rub with pumice, in order to clean or to smoothen
gauge
rub to a uniform size
puree, strain
rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
rosin
rub rosin onto
sponge down, sponge off
clean with a sponge, by rubbing
worry
touch or rub constantly
scour, scrub
clean with hard rubbing
abrade, scour
rub hard or scrub
blur, smear, smudge, smutch
make a smudge on; soil by smudging
grate, scrape
scratch repeatedly
pass over, wipe
rub with a circular motion
grate
reduce to small shreds or pulverize by rubbing against a rough or sharp perforated surface
paw
scrape with the paws
holystone
scrub with a holystone
resmudge
smudge again
dust
rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape
sponge
wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten
squeegee
wipe with a squeegee
broom, sweep
sweep with a broom or as if with a broom
towel
wipe with a towel
whisk, whisk off
brush or wipe off lightly
Type of:
draw, guide, pass, run
pass over, across, or through

v scrape or rub as if to relieve itching

Synonyms:
itch, scratch
Type of:
irritate
excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

v cause friction

Synonyms:
chafe, fray, fret, scratch
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact

n the act of rubbing or wiping

“he gave the hood a quick rub
Synonyms:
wipe
Types:
scuff
the act of scuffing (scraping or dragging the feet)
Type of:
contact, physical contact
the act of touching physically
2

n an unforeseen obstacle

Synonyms:
hang-up, hitch, snag
Type of:
obstacle, obstruction
something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

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