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rub (someone or an animal) down

to stroke or massage someone or an animal, for muscular well-being. Sam rubbed his horse down after his ride. He rubbed down his horse.
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rub down

Briskly rub the body, as in a massage. For example, The trainer rubs down marathon runners, or That horse needs rubbing down. This expression was first used (and still is) for rubbing away dust and sweat from a horse. [Late 1600s]
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rub down

v.
1. To rub someone or something thoroughly in order to dry, polish, or coat the surface: I stepped out of the shower and rubbed myself down with a towel. Grab that towel and help me rub down the car. I rubbed down the top of the table with sandpaper. I rubbed myself down with suntan lotion.
2. To massage someone or something thoroughly: The trainer rubbed the boxer down after the match. The hotel masseuse can rub down 20 tourists a day.
3. To work something, such as seasoning, into food by rubbing: It's best to rub the meat down with pepper before cooking. Rub down the surface of the bread with garlic.
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A Use a very fine grade sandpaper to rub down the area - two or three rubs will do - then quickly give the whole door a quick buff with the sandpaper before revarnishing.
But he could do with a rub down and a dip back in the shallow end before he jumps off the prime-time diving board again.
Then just give it a light rub down to make sure the new coat of paint will adhere sufficiently.
And we're not just talking about creaky old sluggards that are only trundled out for a loving rub down with the finest polish and a bright yellow duster.
Mercifully, a quick rub down in the shower resolved the problem.
Mask off the area around the stove with dust sheets or old newspapers and rub down and clean off any flaky paint or dirty marks so you have a good smooth surface to work with.
But Dianne, from Rutherglen, says her biggest thrill came when she was asked to rub down Roxy Music heart-throb Ferry.
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Basically you dip this sandpaper into water and then use it to rub down the sheen on the gloss, to give the surface a "key" to take the water-based paint.