1. An act of rubbing.
    Give that lamp a good rub and see if any genies come out
  2. A difficulty or problem.
    Therein lies the rub.
  3. In the game of crown green bowls: any obstacle by which a bowl is diverted from its normal course.
  4. A mixture of spices applied to meat before it is barbecued.


  1. To move (one object) while maintaining contact with another object over some area, with pressure and friction.
  2. To rub something against (a second thing).
  3. To be rubbed against something.
  4. To spread a substance thinly over; to smear.
    meat rubbed with spices before barbecuing
  5. To move or pass with difficulty.
  6. To scour; to burnish; to polish; to brighten; to cleanse; often with up or over.
    to rub up silver
  7. To hinder; to cross; to thwart.

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