rub up
transitive verb Date: 1572 1. to revive or refresh knowledge of ; recall 2. to improve the keenness of (a mental faculty)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • rub up — v. 1) (d; intr.) to rub up against ( to touch ) (don t let the wire rub up against the pipe) 2) (colloq.) (d; intr.) to rub up against ( to have contact with ) (he used to rub up against many famous movie stars) * * * [ rʌb ʌp] (d; intr.) to rub… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • rub up — noun a review that refreshes your memory I need a rub up on my Latin • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑U.K., ↑Britain, ↑United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ↑Great Britain …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub up —  Caress intimately for sexual excitement. n. rub up …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • rub-up — Verb. Meaning the same as rub off …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • rub-up — …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub up the wrong way — ► rub (up) the wrong way anger or irritate. Main Entry: ↑rub …   English terms dictionary

  • rub up against — {v. phr.} To come into contact with. * /In that business one naturally has to rub up against all kinds of people./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rub up to — {v. phr.} To do nice things for one; flatter a person; gain attention or rewards. * /Mona has the ability to rub up to the right kinds of people, so it s no wonder she is so popular at her work./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rub up against — {v. phr.} To come into contact with. * /In that business one naturally has to rub up against all kinds of people./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rub up to — {v. phr.} To do nice things for one; flatter a person; gain attention or rewards. * /Mona has the ability to rub up to the right kinds of people, so it s no wonder she is so popular at her work./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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