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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.
TOTALLY TUBULAR: It was a rad scene Wednesday night out on the Santa Monica Pier at the world premiere of ``Step Into Liquid'' as hard-bodied surfers rubbed shoulders with Hollywood types, rock and rollers and fans.
FANS OF Sir Cliff Richard last night rubbed shoulders with celebrities at a charity party in honour of the star's 60th birthday.
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.
DISNEY princesses rubbed shoulders with Aladdins and Snow Whites as nursery school toddlers did their bit for Children In Need.
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.
GARBAGE singer Shirley Manson rubbed shoulders with the stars, including Blondie's Debbie Harry, at a charity do in New York.
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.