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 for To rub off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rub \Rub\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rubbed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Rubbing.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael.
     1. To subject (a body) to the action of something moving over
        its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the
        action of something moving back and forth; as, to rub the
        flesh with the hand; to rub wood with sandpaper.
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              It shall be expedient, after that body is cleaned,
              to rub the body with a coarse linen cloth. --Sir T.
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     2. To move over the surface of (a body) with pressure and
        friction; to graze; to chafe; as, the boat rubs the
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     3. To cause (a body) to move with pressure and friction along
        a surface; as, to rub the hand over the body.
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              Two bones rubbed hard against one another.
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     4. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.
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              The smoothed plank, . . .
              New rubbed with balm.                 --Milton.
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     5. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse;
        -- often with up or over; as, to rub up silver.
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              The whole business of our redemption is to rub over
              the defaced copy of the creation.     --South.
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     6. To hinder; to cross; to thwart. [R.]
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              'T is the duke's pleasure,
              Whose disposition, all the world well knows,
              Will not be rubbed nor stopped.       --Shak.
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     To rub down.
        (a) To clean by rubbing; to comb or curry; as, to down a
        (b) To reduce or remove by rubbing; as, to rub down the
            rough points.
     To rub off, to clean anything by rubbing; to separate by
        friction; as, to rub off rust.
     To rub out, to remove or separate by friction; to erase; to
        obliterate; as, to rub out a mark or letter; to rub out a
     To rub up.
        (a) To burnish; to polish; to clean.
        (b) To excite; to awaken; to rouse to action; as, to rub
            up the memory.
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