Phrasal Verbs With 'Rub'

Rub along phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Have a reasonably good relationship
    (Intransitive | British English)
    » Example: They're not friends, but we RUB ALONG.

Rub down phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Dry or clean something with a cloth
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: She RUBBED the horse DOWN with a towel after riding it.
  2. Meaning: Massage or rub someone to help them relax
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: The trainer RUBBED her DOWN after the race.

Rub in phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Apply a substance like cream or ointment and rub it until it is absorbed
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: He applied the steroid cream and RUBBED it IN.

Rub it in phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Emphasise how bad a situation is to make someone feel worse
    (Separable [obligatory] | International English)
    » Example: Even though the minister had resigned, the press RUBBED IT IN by publishing more details of the scandal.

Rub off on phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Pass a quality or characteristic to people
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: His enthusiasm RUBS OFF ON everyone around him.

Rub out phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Delete ink or pencil with an eraser
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: He RUBBED OUT the figure and wrote the correct one in.
  2. Meaning: Kill
    (Separable [optional] | American English)
    » Example: The gangsters RUBBED him OUT for stealing from them.

Rub up against phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Touch someone in a sensual or sexual way
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: The cat RUBBED UP AGAINST my leg purring.

Rub up on phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Revise
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: I need to RUB UP ON my Portuguese before I go to Brazil.