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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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Because the novelty of the Orange Line won't last long, and when it rubs off, convenience alone will determine whether these curious new riders become riders for life.
Carroll's insatiable appetite for competition also rubs off on the staff and players.
Co-workers described Zerg as a hardworking professional whose positive attitude rubs off on those around her.
He loves the game and his positive energy rubs off on everybody.
When we're in close games and we're in the huddle, his energy rubs off on everyone else and makes us all play harder,'' Evans said.
The same discipline the honor student uses to be at the top of his class academically carries over to the pool and rubs off on teammates who last year welcomed a far more grueling training regimen that included sacrificing much of their summer.
But Sugarman's conservative approach rubs off on those returning.