To rub along
Rub Rub, v. i. 1. To move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost. [1913 Webster]

2. To fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore. [1913 Webster]

3. To move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the world. [1913 Webster]

{To rub along} or {on}, to go on with difficulty; as, they manage, with strict economy, to rub along. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • rub along (with somebody) — ˌrub aˈlong (with sb/together) derived (BrE, informal) (of two people) to live or work together in a friendly enough way • We manage to rub along together fairly well. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub along (with together) — ˌrub aˈlong (with sb/together) derived (BrE, informal) (of two people) to live or work together in a friendly enough way • We manage to rub along together fairly well. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • To rub down — Rub Rub, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rubbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rubbing}.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael. rub.] 1. To subject (a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To rub off — Rub Rub, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rubbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rubbing}.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael. rub.] 1. To subject (a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To rub out — Rub Rub, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rubbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rubbing}.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael. rub.] 1. To subject (a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To rub up — Rub Rub, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rubbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rubbing}.] [Probably of Celtic origin; cf. W. rhwbiaw, gael. rub.] 1. To subject (a body) to the action of something moving over its surface with pressure and friction, especially to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rub along — verb manage one s existence barely I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary • Syn: ↑scrape along, ↑scrape by, ↑scratch along, ↑squeak by, ↑squeeze by • Hypernyms: ↑cop …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub along — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms rub along : present tense I/you/we/they rub along he/she/it rubs along present participle rubbing along past tense rubbed along past participle rubbed along British to live or work with someone in a friendly …   English dictionary

  • rub along — PHR V RECIP If two people rub along or if one person rubs along with another, they are able to live or work together in a fairly friendly way, usually when you would not expect them to. [BRIT, INFORMAL] [pl n V P] North and South had officials at …   English dictionary

  • rub — /rub/, v., rubbed, rubbing, n. v.t. 1. to subject the surface of (a thing or person) to pressure and friction, as in cleaning, smoothing, polishing, coating, massaging, or soothing: to rub a table top with wax polish; to rub the entire back area …   Universalium

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