Definition of Rub out

1. Verb. Remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing. "Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!"

Exact synonyms: Efface, Erase, Score Out, Wipe Off
Entails: Rub
Specialized synonyms: Sponge, Cut Out, Scratch Out
Generic synonyms: Cancel, Delete
Derivative terms: Eraser, Erasure, Erasure, Erasure

Definition of Rub out

1. Verb. (transitive) To delete or erase or remove (something) by rubbing. ¹

2. Verb. (obsolete) To get by; to live. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive criminal slang) To kill. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rub Out

rrna operon
rub along
rub down
rub elbows with
rub in
rub it in
rub of the green
rub off
rub off on
rub out (current term)
rub salt in someone's wounds
rub salt in the wound
rub somebody the wrong way
rub up
rub up on

Literary usage of Rub out

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the National Electric Light Association by National Electric Light Association Convention (1888)
"In the case of the air space in the armature, we rub out this F which represents the function and we rub out /. In that case the magnetic induction and ..."

2. Town's Speller and Definer, Revised and Enlarged by Salem Town (1854)
"... cast Out to weaken to draw from e rase - ion * ef fuse - ion ex tinet - ion • e gress-ion ex empt- ion ex tir pâte -ion to rub out to pour out put out, ..."

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