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 for rub down
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rub down
      v 1: wear away [syn: abrade, corrade, abrase, rub down,
           rub off]
      2: manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal
         or relaxation purposes; "She rubbed down her child with a
         sponge" [syn: massage, rub down, knead]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  31 Moby Thesaurus words for "rub down":
     bed, bed down, break, bridle, brush, caress, curry, currycomb,
     drench, feed, fodder, frictionize, gentle, groom, handle, harness,
     hitch, knead, litter, manage, massage, milk, pet, rub, saddle,
     stroke, tame, tend, train, water, yoke

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