verb (scrubs, scrubbing, scrubbed)[with object]
- 1Rub (someone or something) hard so as to clean them, typically with a brush and water: he had to scrub the floor she was scrubbing herself down at the sink [no object]: she scrubbed furiously at the platesMore example sentences
- Its clothing is bleached, starched, and pressed, and its face is scrubbed clean.
- While she scrubbed him she would invariably speak to him of the importance of personal hygiene.
- We pack the clean eggs directly in cartons and scrub the soiled eggs under running water before packing them.
- 1.1 (scrub something away/off) Remove dirt by rubbing hard: it took ages to scrub off the muckMore example sentences
- She scrubbed the dirt off of her body until she was satisfied.
- She didn't much care for the idea but quickly bathed and scrubbed the dirt off of her body.
- Dumping shampoo and conditioner on my head, I squirted some shower gel on a sponge and scrubbed the grime off my body.
- 1.2 [no object] (scrub up) Thoroughly clean one’s hands and arms, especially before performing surgery: the doctor scrubbed up and put on a protective gownMore example sentences
- She urged anyone coming into contact with the water to scrub up with soap and water.
- Former nurses say there was a reluctance on the part of medical staff to enter the unit and all staff were made to scrub up carefully to prevent infection.
- NHS staff are taking a leading role in a new regionwide campaign encouraging people to scrub up well.
- 1.3 • informal Cancel or abandon (something): they aren’t going to want to scrub the missionMore example sentences
- If this means the profile's scrubbed, ‘he continues, ‘that's fine by me.’
- I just may have to scrub the whole thing and go back to version 1.
- If a child shows an aptitude and a burning desire to play the violin, the plan for her to train for World Cup soccer may have to be scrubbed,
- 1.4Remove impurities from (gas or vapor).More example sentences
- Once the gas is extracted, it is scrubbed to remove acids and dehumidified.
- To win, the system should be able to scrub the equivalent of at least a billion tons of the greenhouse gas a year.
- The gas is then scrubbed with a high-boiling organic solvent which is miscible with water and to which sulfur is added.
- 1.5 [no object] (Of a rider) rub the arms and legs urgently on a horse’s neck and flanks to urge it to move faster.More example sentences
- Usually at Cheltenham you're scrubbing the heads off your horses trying to get them closer.
- Now he was back-pedalling quickly and the jockey was hard at work on him, scrubbing him along frantically but getting no response.
- But you could see me scrubbing him the whole way in the Belmont, and not going anywhere.
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- 1An act of scrubbing something or someone: give the floor a good scrubMore example sentences
- Performing a surgical hand scrub before a surgical procedure is intended to reduce the number of microorganisms.
- Study participants perform one surgical hand scrub on day one of the test week and are immediately gloved.
- By spending less than 1 2 minutes to give yourself a whole-body scrub from head to toe, you can boost the skin's resistance to outside temperature change.
- 2A semiabrasive cosmetic lotion applied to the face or body in order to cleanse the skin.More example sentences
- When using an alcohol-based surgical hand scrub with persistent activity, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Other joints give you long rather torturous salt and lemon exfoliating body scrubs first and then apply the stuff.
- And my apricot exfoliating facial scrub sits above the sink next to my Morning Fresh dishwashing detergent.
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- Most wallcoverings are labeled ‘non-washable ‘, ‘washable ‘, or ‘scrubbable‘.
- In addition, wallpapers defined as scrubbable may be cleaned with soap, warm water and a gentle sponging - a must in the active family's busy where every square inch of space is used.
- When I put my dog in the car I have a scrubbable tray in the boot, which is perfectly effective and a lot cheaper.
late 16th century: probably from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch schrobben, schrubben.
- 1Vegetation consisting mainly of brushwood or stunted forest growth.More example sentences
- Images of barren trees, dry scrub and leaf-scattered ground present the rural Virginia landscape in December.
- The Kalahari is a green desert, largely of low thorn scrub and acacia trees.
- Reestablishment of scrub vegetation on phosphate mines has been attempted with varying success.
- 1.1Land covered with scrub.More example sentences
- Covered with scrub, native mesquite trees and low wild grasses, the desert site slopes gently down to the south.
- And during the negotiations, about 3,700 acres of coastal sage scrub were destroyed.
- Volatile substances released by Salvia and other aromatic shrubs in coastal sage scrub are complex compounds.
- 2 [as modifier] Denoting a shrubby or small form of a plant: scrub apple treesMore example sentences
- Invasive plants including grasses, scrub guava trees and sugar cane stretched from one end of the property to the other, and the fertility of the fragile tropical soils had long been depleted.
- In rural southwest Georgia, Highway 137 heads out of tiny Buena Vista, past neatly kept lawns, then through patches of kudzu and stands of scrub pine.
- They prefer grasslands, chaparral, and scrub oak areas to forage for food.
- 2.1North American Denoting an animal of inferior breed or physique: a scrub bullMore example sentences
- Scrub bull hunts are conducted in conjunction with our North Queensland wild boar hunts.
- Our goats are specially bred for milk production as well as for show, not ‘backyard’ scrub goats.
- Before the stock law was enacted nearly every farmer had a herd of scrub sheep running ‘outside’ on mountains and hills.
- 3 • informal An insignificant or contemptible person.More example sentences
- Any poor scrubs in our place must be fools not to think the match a very rare and astonishing honour, as far as the position goes.
- 3.1North American (In sports) a player not among the best or most skilled.More example sentences
- He was a scrub for ten years in football at a private school because playing football was mandatory.
- They said that he was a scrub and would never do anything that good - unfortunately he did.
- He is not a scrub, but let's not get that hall of fame speech ready yet.
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- TV programmes and books try to persuade us that we, whoever we are, can make over scrubby lawns, and construct a little Blenheim in a rectangle of twenty by thirty feet.
- We were flying over the desert and the bare, scrubby land was beautiful and strange when seen from above.
- Not that there's anything particularly romantic or evocative about the landscape - a low, scrubby forest alternating with tracts of rolling parkland cleared in readiness for the agricultural season.
late Middle English (in the sense 'stunted tree'): variant of shrub1.