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rub

noun

1 rub

An unforeseen obstacle.

synonyms: hang-up, hitch, snag.

Roget 331: friction, attrition; rubbing, abrasion, scraping etc. v.; confrication, detrition, contrition, affriction, abrasion, arrosion, ... show more

Roget 704: difficulty; hardness etc. adj.; impracticability etc. (impossibility) 471; tough work, hard work, uphill work; hard task, Herculean task, ... show more

Roget 735: adversity, evil etc. 619; failure etc. 732; bad luck, ill luck, evil luck, adverse luck, hard fortune, hard hap, hard luck, ... show more

Roget 830: painfulness etc. adj.; trouble, care etc. (pain) 828; trial; affliction, infliction; blow, stroke, burden, ... show more

Dutch: oneffenheid, onregelmatigheid



2 rub

The act of rubbing or wiping:
— He gave the hood a quick rub.

synonym: wipe.

verb

1 rub

Move over something with pressure.

Dutch: strelen, aaien, strijken, wrijven

2 rub

Cause friction.

synonyms: chafe, fray, fret, scratch.

Roget 331: rub, scratch, scrape, scrub, slide, fray, rasp, graze, curry, scour, polish, rub out, wear down, gnaw; ... show more

Dutch: aanlopen, oplopen

3 rub

Scrape or rub as if to relieve itching.

synonyms: itch, scratch.

Dutch: krauwen, krabbelen, klauwen, krabben, schuren


Moby thesaurus: Discordia, Eris, ablate, abrade, abrase, afflict, aggravate, agonize, ail, air-dry, anhydrate, annoy, apple of discord, attouchement, bake, bandage, bar, bark, bathe, bite ... show more.

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