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  1. Unregistered212

    Exclamation rub it in

    what does it mean letterally ? not the meaning.
    Thank you.

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: rub it in

    Here's the literal meaning.

    rub in, move your hand or a cloth over a surface while pressing down firmly; press to and fro against a surface; apply an ointment or polish with a rubbing action.

    Source: The Little Oxford English Dictionary

    Here's the idiom.

    rub it in
    If someone rubs it in, they keep talking about something that makes you feel embarrassed or upset. I know I made a mistake, but you don't have to rub it in.




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