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rub
British English: /rʌb/
American English: /rəb/

Translation of rub in Italian:

noun

  • 1 (massage) to give [something] a rub
    fare un massaggio a
    (back)
    dare una strigliata a
    (horse)

transitive verb forma in -ing ecc. -bb-

  • 1 (touch)
    (chin, eyes, nose)
    to rub noses (in greeting)
    salutarsi strofinando i nasi
    to rub one's hands with glee
    fregarsi le mani per la contentezza
  • 2 (polish)
    (stain, surface)
    to rub something dry
    asciugare qualcosa strofinando
    to rub something away
    strofinare via
    (stain)
    to rub a hole in something
    fare un buco in qualcosa strofinando
  • 3 (massage)
    (back, shoulders)
    she rubbed my back
    mi ha massaggiato la schiena
  • 4 (apply) See examples:to rub something on to the skin
    spalmare qualcosa sulla pelle
    to rub something into the skin
    spalmare qualcosa fino all'assorbimento
  • 5 (incorporate) See examples:to rub something into (Cookery)
    incorporare qualcosa in
    (flour)
    rub the cream into your skin rub the shampoo into your hair
    frizionare bene i capelli con lo shampoo
  • 6 (chafe)
    (shoe) (heel)
    (wheel)
    sfregare contro
    (mudguard)

intransitive verb forma in -ing ecc. -bb-

  • 2 (chafe) See examples:these shoes rub
    queste scarpe fanno male

reflexive verb forma in -ing ecc. -bb-

  • to rub oneself
    sfregarsi
    against contro
    strofinarsi
    with con
    to rub oneself dry
    asciugarsi strofinandosi

Idioms

to rub salt into the wound

to rub somebody up the wrong way

prendere qualcuno per il verso sbagliato

to rub shoulders with somebody

essere a contatto di gomito con qualcuno

to rub somebody's nose in it

fare sentire qualcuno una merda o smerdare qualcuno

Phrasal verbs

rub along

(British English) [informal]to rub along with
andare d'accordo con o trovarsi bene con
(person)

rub away:

rub [something] away

rub down:

1 rub [somebody] down, rub down [somebody]
(athlete)
2 rub [something] down, rub down [something] 2.1 (massage)
(horse)
to rub oneself down
asciugarsi il sudore (strofinandosi)
2.2 (smooth)
(plaster, wood)

rub in:

rub [something] in, rub in [something] (Cookery)
(butter)
fare penetrare frizionando
(lotion)
there's no need to rub it in! [informal] [figurative]
non c'è bisogno di rinfacciarlo o di ripeterlo continuamente!
he's always rubbing it in how rich he is
fa sempre pesare il fatto di essere ricco

rub off:

1 rub off 1.1 (come off)
(ink)
the ink rubbed off on my hands I hope your integrity rubs off on him
spero che la tua onestà si trasmetta a lui
1.2 (wipe off) See examples:the chalk, the pencil rubs off easily
il gesso, la matita si cancella facilmente
2 rub [something] off, rub off [something]
lavare via
(stain)
fare sbiadire
(pattern)

rub out:

1 rub out (chalk, pencil)
cancellarsi, andare via
2 rub [something] out, rub out [something] 3 rub [somebody] out (American English) [informal] [figurative]

Definition of rub in:

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