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    a few connotations of "rub"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    So there’s really the rub.

    The rub is that so few of the scholars have any sense of true science.

    rub = obstruction, difficulty

    You have to rub lotion into your skin.

    I could feel the cat rubbing against my leg.

    Rub the glasses with this cloth.

    Rub your hand against this surface.

    He sighed and rubbed his hands with pleasure, like a man newly restored to liberty.

    He rubbed his hands over his face and hair.

    You have to rub your chest with ointment.

    You have to rub some of this cream into your skin to protect it from the sun.

    He has rubbed his coat against some wet paint.

    He had hurt his leg and was rubbing it.

    You shouldn’t rub your nose into my affairs.

    My shoe is rubbing my heel.

    You should rub him often on this point.

    He never failed to rub it into the family how much they depended on his money.

    rub = revive, stir up

    She got a little rubbed.

    His attitude tended to rub her.

    Don't rub it in.

    rub = chafe

    What is the door rubbing on?

    You shouldn’t to rub the wrong way.

    A person in my position rubs shoulders with all kinds of people.

    I can rub along on a reduced income for a short time, but not for ever.

    I'm not interested in making money, so long as I can manage to rub along.

    rub along = get by; to continue in spite of difficulties

    They're rubbing along the same as ever.

    They're not friends, but we rub along.

    The workers seem to be rubbing along with the new director.

    rub along = have a reasonably good relationship

    We rubbed along very unhappily.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

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    Re: a few connotations of "rub"

    FYI: "rub along", (maybe more BrE than AmE) Verb . rub along - manage one's existence barely; "I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary"
    scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by
    get by, grapple, make do, cope, manage, contend, deal, make out - come to terms with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

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    Re: a few connotations of "rub"

    Thanks - I wasn't familiar with this use.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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