rub in
transitive verb Date: 1851 to harp on (as something unpleasant) ; emphasize

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  • rub in — transitive verb : to insist on, harp on, continue to recall, or emphasize (as something unpleasant) if they failed he never rubbed in their failure F.W.Crofts trying to rub it in that they had won their freedom J.H.Huizinga * * * rub in [phrasal… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub in — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms rub in : present tense I/you/we/they rub in he/she/it rubs in present participle rubbing in past tense rubbed in past participle rubbed in 1) to mix something such as butter or fat into another substance such… …   English dictionary

  • rub in — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you rub a substance in, you press it into something by continuously moving it over its surface. [V P n (not pron)] When hair is dry, rub in a little oil to make it smooth and glossy. [Also V n P] 2) PHRASAL VERB If someone… …   English dictionary

  • rub in — phr verb Rub in is used with these nouns as the object: ↑butter, ↑flour, ↑lotion, ↑margarine …   Collocations dictionary

  • rub in — smear in by rubbing; memorize …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rub in —  Over emphasise; repeat naggingly and irritatingly.    ♣ I did wrong but I wish be wouldn t keep rubbing it in …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • rub in — verb a) To apply by rubbing. b) To irritatingly make a point …   Wiktionary

  • rub in — Synonyms and related words: accent, accentuate, belabor, dwell on, emphasize, give emphasis to, harp on, highlight, italicize, overaccentuate, overemphasize, overstress, place emphasis on, point up, punctuate, spotlight, star, stress, underline,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Rub-in ink — Копировальная краска …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

  • rub — ► VERB (rubbed, rubbing) 1) apply firm pressure to (a surface) with a repeated back and forth motion. 2) move to and fro against a surface while pressing or grinding against it. 3) apply with a rubbing action. 4) (rub down) dry, smooth, or clean… …   English terms dictionary

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