rub against

rub (up) against someone or something

to bump or scrape against someone or something. The cat rubbed up against me and seemed friendly. The side of the car rubbed against the fence.
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rub something against someone or something

to scrape or chafe something against someone or something repeatedly. The cat kept rubbing its tail against me. I wish John would stop rubbing his hand against my leg.
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References in classic literature ?
A Turk turns his face, after washing it well, to the East, when he says his prayers; these good people, after giving their faces such a rub against the World as to take the smiles off, turn with no less regularity, to the darkest side of Heaven.
The swollen tendons and their coverings rub against the narrow fibrous tunnel on the front of the wrist through which they pass.
The effect occurs when two different materials rub against each other.
Smudge loves to rub against your legs while being tickled and would happily let you do this for hours
When cats rub against objects, other cats, dogs or people, they deposit secretions from specialized skin glands on their head--submandibular glands beneath the chin and perioral glands near the corners of the mouth.
Usually the mounting bracket screws have loosened up, making the door sag and rub against the carpet or floor.
Researchers at the School of Materials Science & Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered yet another way to harvest small amounts of electricity from motion in the world around us--this time by capturing the electrical charge produced when two different kinds of plastic materials rub against one another.
This can cause the eyelashes to grow abnormally and rub against the surface of the eye, which can cause pain, irritation and eye infections.
That's because the harness can rub against the rotating back plate of the engine's 200-amp generator.
Deer also rub against trees to remove velvet from their antlers.
The automaker is recalling the vehicle because of an improperly routed wire that can rub against metal, eventually exposing a wire that is likely to cause a short circuit and potentially start a fire.
I'd gladly rub against someone's legs for a chicken and salmon in white wine sauce dinner, but haven't been given the opportunity.
2 : to grind or rub against something with a harsh noise
We girls slipped from grasp to rub against rails of horse pens, whispering winners to each other, based on the gloss of rump, the ripple of silks, our right to know, not doubting our estate.
Particles rub against and collide with one another and/or the vessel walls, causing friability and abrasion.