rub-off
noun see rub off

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • rub off — (on (someone)) to be learned or obtained without any effort. I like to think that my love of reading will rub off on my children. Usage notes: usually used of a skill, an interest, or a quality …   New idioms dictionary

  • rub off — ► rub off be transferred by contact or association. Main Entry: ↑rub …   English terms dictionary

  • rub off — index deface, obliterate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • rub off — v. 1) (D; intr.) to rub off on, onto (the paint rubbed off on my shirt) 2) (colloq.) (D; intr.) to rub off on, onto ( to affect ) (we hoped that some of these cultural activities would rub off on our children) * * * [ rʌb ɒf] onto (the paint rub… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • rub off — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms rub off : present tense I/you/we/they rub off he/she/it rubs off present participle rubbing off past tense rubbed off past participle rubbed off if a quality that someone has rubs off, it starts to affect… …   English dictionary

  • rub off — {v.} 1. To remove or be removed by rubbing; erase. * /The teacher rubs the problem off the chalkboard./ * /After Ann shook hands with the president, she would not shake hands with anyone else because she thought that the good luck would rub off./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rub off — {v.} 1. To remove or be removed by rubbing; erase. * /The teacher rubs the problem off the chalkboard./ * /After Ann shook hands with the president, she would not shake hands with anyone else because she thought that the good luck would rub off./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rub\ off — v 1. To remove or be removed by rubbing; erase. The teacher rubs the problem off the chalkboard. After Ann shook hands with the president, she would not shake hands with anyone else because she thought that the good luck would rub off. 2. To… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • rub off — PHRASAL VERB If someone s qualities or habits rub off on you, you develop some of their qualities or habits after spending time with them. [V P on n] He was a tremendously enthusiastic teacher and that rubbed off on all the children... [V P] I… …   English dictionary

  • rub off — intransitive verb Date: 1950 to become transferred < bad habits rubbed off on them > < carbon rubs off on your hands > • rub off noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rub off — verb a) To cause to come off by rubbing We had to rub off all the graffiti from the wall b) To clean by rubbing. He was wet through with the dew and quite earthy from diving into the burrows the Boy had made for him in the flower bed, and Nana… …   Wiktionary

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