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Rub out   /rəb aʊt/   Listen
Rub out

verb
1.
Remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing.  Synonyms: efface, erase, score out, wipe off.






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"Rub out" Quotes from Famous Books



... day's trade, each borrowing from another anything he'd sold out of; and Andresen would sit down, often as not, and take out a file and file away the German trade-mark from a sportsman's whistle, or rub out "Faber" on the pens and pencils. Andresen was a trump, ...
— Growth of the Soil • Knut Hamsun

... been suggested, and with much reason, that the reference is to a fly sticking on a wet or a newly painted wall; this is corroborated by the addition in Rob Roy, "When the dirt's dry, it will rub out," which seems to point out the meaning and derivation of ...
— Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character • Edward Bannerman Ramsay

... they expected him to rub out the word "England." But not Sandy! Holding on by his left hand, with his right Sandy added to the words "God —— ...
— The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon • Newell Dwight Hillis

... the Governor took place, I have since learned, in the residence of the latter, and not in the Council Chamber. The publication of the ballad led to some discussion as to the historical truthfulness of the picture, but I have seen no reason to rub out any of the figures or alter the lines ...
— The Complete Works of Whittier - The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index • John Greenleaf Whittier

... don't want anything to change. I don't want to forget—to rub out. At first I imagined I did; but that was a foolish mistake. As soon as I saw you again I knew it...It's not being here with you that I'm afraid of—in the sense you think. It's being here, or anywhere, with Owen." She stood up and bent her tragic smile on ...
— The Reef • Edith Wharton

... shirt? I declare it is enchanted, for although I have washed it again and again I cannot rub out these three spots of blood ...
— Legends & Romances of Brittany • Lewis Spence

... new notion!" muttered Mme Boche in a low voice. "She was never known before to rub out even a pair of cuffs. She is a lazy creature, I do assure you. She never sews the buttons on her boots. She is just like her sister, that minx of an Adele, who stays away from the shop two days out of three. ...
— L'Assommoir • Emile Zola

... a trifle uneasy under his gaze. "Of course," he said, "your word will do for me. Still, she was here, you see—and it's difficult to rub out a lie with that much behind it. I'm afraid you'll find it stick to you both like glue, especially as her employers turned the girl out immediately. Anyway, I'll do what I can for you, and now about that ...
— Alton of Somasco • Harold Bindloss

... orange soup, which was one thing that hadn't changed a bit so far, and I got to wishing like a baby that it wasn't there and to thinking how it blanketed the whole Earth (stars over the Riviera?—don't make me laugh!) and I heard myself asking, "Pop, did you rub out that guy that pushed the buttons ...
— The Night of the Long Knives • Fritz Reuter Leiber



Words linked to "Rub out" :   rub, wipe off, cut out, erase, scratch out, efface, cancel, sponge, delete, score out



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