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 for Rub iron
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rub \Rub\, n. [Cf. W. rhwb. See Rub, v,t,]
     1. The act of rubbing; friction.
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     2. That which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct
        motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment;
        especially, a difficulty or obstruction hard to overcome;
        a pinch.
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              Every rub is smoothed on our way.     --Shak.
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              To sleep, perchance to dream; ay, there's the rub.
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              Upon this rub, the English ambassadors thought fit
              to demur.                             --Hayward.
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              One knows not, certainly, what other rubs might have
              been ordained for us by a wise Providence. --W.
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     3. Inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of
        bowls; unevenness. --Shak.
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     4. Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a
        hard rub.
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     5. Imperfection; failing; fault. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
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     6. A chance. [Obs.]
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              Flight shall leave no Greek a rub.    --Chapman.
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     7. A stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a
        whetstone; -- called also rubstone.
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     Rub iron, an iron guard on a wagon body, against which a
        wheel rubs when cramped too much.
     Rub of the green (Golf), anything happening to a ball in
        motion, such as its being deflected or stopped by any
        agency outside the match, or by the fore caddie.
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