Definition of rub noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rʌb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌb//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] an act of rubbing a surface She gave her knee a quick rub.
  2. 2the rub [singular] (formal or humorous) a problem or difficulty The hotel is in the middle of nowhere and there lies the rub. We don't have a car.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb): perhaps from Low German rubben, of unknown ultimate origin. The noun dates from the late 16th cent.
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