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Synonyms for rub



rub off on someone


  • influence
  • affect
  • be transferred to
  • be passed on to
  • have an effect on
  • be transmitted to

rub something in


rub something or someone down

Synonyms for rub

to remove or invalidate by or as if by running a line through or wiping clean

rub out: to take the life of (a person or persons) unlawfully

a tricky or unsuspected condition


Synonyms for rub

an unforeseen obstacle

the act of rubbing or wiping

cause friction

scrape or rub as if to relieve itching


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They rubbed shoulders with EastEnders actor Perry Fenwick - a West Ham United fan - and members of Liverpool band The Zutons.
But they showed that bags of team spirit and honest endeavour can more than make up for a shortage of superstars, as they rubbed shoulders with the very best.
KNIGHTS of old and maidens in distress rubbed shoulders with scary monsters and childhood friends when pupils at St Francis RC Combined School, in Bedworth, swopped uniform for fancy dress.
She was one of Newcastle's most colourful characters, who rubbed shoulders with prime ministers and pop stars.
Our three winners last year - Stan Tyrrell, Andrew Ward and Gilbert Upton - all enjoyed a memorable night at our star-studded awards and rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in sport as they were presented with their trophies.
WE also rubbed shoulders with the gorgeous Jennifer Love Hewitt and comic actor Robin Williams at the party.
MEN, WOMEN AND 'MANEATER': Book sellers from Tampa rubbed shoulders (literally) with Hollywood's elite at the launch of Gigi Levangie Grazer's novel ``Maneater,'' held at super-agent Bryan Lourd's gorgeous Beverly Hills estate on Thursday night, a party timed to coincide with the Book Expo/ABA convention happening this weekend.
As a result, the girls rubbed shoulders with S-Club who will make their final TV appearance on the show late this month.
LITTLE Red Riding Hood's little old lady and the Queen of Hearts rubbed shoulders at a party for children's book characters.