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    rub him down well, or I値l rub you down.

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I may call the following sentence a play of words?

    “Go and look after my horse and rub him down well, or I’ll rub you down.”

    The first “rub down” is a phraseological verb-adverb combination meaning “briskly rub the body, as in a massage”. For example, The trainer rubs down marathon runners, or That horse needs rubbing down.

    In the second case the same combination is used in a transferred sense meaning “to give s.o a drubbing”.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: rub him down well, or I値l rub you down.

    I'm not sure as it's a bit of a neologism and could be misinterpreted.

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    Re: rub him down well, or I値l rub you down.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    敵o and look after my horse and rub him down well, or I値l rub you down.
    The owner is telling the trainer to rub down his horse (something that trainers do anyway), and he sees fit to threaten him if he doesn't do his job. Unfortunately, I don't know enough to know what he means by or I'll rub you down.

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