WOTW: rub

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triplo word of the week - rub


今週の #WOTW は 'rub’ です。’Rub’ is a verb and a noun that is used in quite a few phrases and as pat of some phrasal verbs. Let us start with the verb.


- You will only spread the ink by rubbing your hand over your shirt. (Apply firm pressure to the surface of something, using a repeated back and forth motion.)

- He repeatedly rubbed his finger on the desk as he was nervous. (Move one's hand, a cloth, or another object back and forth against a surface.)

- Will you rub some sunscreen over my back? (Apply ointment, polish, or a similar substance with a back and forth motion.)

- Please don’t rub yourself with the expensive towels. They’re for guests. (Make dry, clean, or smooth by rubbing.)

- I used to keep a notebook of rubbed old coins as a child. (Reproduce the design of brass or a stone by rubbing paper laid on it with coloured wax, pencil, or chalk.)

- Can you create electricity by rubbing your hands together? (Move or cause to move to and fro against each other with a certain amount of friction.)

- I don’t like dress shoes. They always rub my feet badly. (When shoes or other hard items in contact with the skin cause pain through friction.)


Now the noun.


- You’re soaking wet! Come here, let’s give you a rub. (An act of rubbing.)

- This Chinese rub does wonders. (An ointment designed to be rubbed on the skin to ease pain.)

- What does this rub have and can I use it on any kind of meat? (A mixture of spices and other seasonings that is applied to the surface of meat or fish before cooking.)

- I’d love to move to Vietnam. The rub is that foreigners are not allowed to buy property there. (Used with the article. The central problem or difficulty in a situation.)


The phrases are always fun, but since there are quite a bunch of them, let’s leave them for next week. In the meantime, just know that ‘rub’ is an old English word since it is of Germanic origin.