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To ring the bells backward
To ring the changes on
To ring the changes upon
To rip out
To roll about
To roll one's r's
To roll one's self
To roll the eye
To rough it
To round in
To round to
To rout out
To ru the hazard
To rub along
To rub down
To rub out
To rub up
To ruffle the feathers of
To rule the roast
To run
To run a blockade
To run a foil
To run a muck
To run a rig
To run a risk
To run afoul of
To run after
To run amuck
To run away
To run away with

To rub off definitions

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rub Rub, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rubbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Rubbing.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael. rub.] 1. To subject (a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the action of something moving back and forth; as, to rub the flesh with the hand; to rub wood with sandpaper. It shall be expedient, after that body is cleaned, to rub the body with a coarse linen cloth. --Sir T. Elyot. 2. To move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the ground. 3. To cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body. Two bones rubbed hard against one another. --Arbuthnot. 4. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear. The smoothed plank, . . . New rubbed with balm. --Milton. 5. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; -- often with up or over; as, to rub up silver. The whole business of our redemption is to rub over the defaced copy of the creation. --South. 6. To hinder; to cross; to thwart. [R.] 'T is the duke's pleasure, Whose disposition, all the world well knows, Will not be rubbed nor stopped. --Shak. To rub down. (a) To clean by rubbing; to comb or curry; as, to down a horse. (b) To reduce or remove by rubbing; as, to rub down the rough points. To rub off, to clean anything by rubbing; to separate by friction; as, to rub off rust. To rub out, to remove or separate by friction; to erase; to obliterate; as, to rub out a mark or letter; to rub out a stain. To rub up. (a) To burnish; to polish; to clean. (b) To excite; to awaken; to rouse to action; as, to rub up the memory.




 


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