rub off on

rub off on (one)

To have one's characteristics, mannerisms, or behavior be adopted by someone else from spending lots of time together. Peter's been very unruly lately. I think that no-good Tommy Jenkins is rubbing off on him! It seems like your boss's greed is rubbing off on you—is money all you care about now?
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rub off on(to) someone or something

[for something, such as a coating] to become transferred to someone or something through the contact of rubbing. Look what rubbed off on me! The wet paint rubbed off onto my pants leg.
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rub off on

Become transferred to another, influence through close contact, as in We hoped some of their good manners would rub off on our children. This idiom alludes to transferring something like paint to another substance by rubbing against it. [Mid-1900s]
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Face-Off won't smear like camo paint (even if you wash your face), and it won't rub off on clothing or equipment.