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rub salt in(to) the/(one's) wound(s)
To make something that is already difficult, unpleasant, or painful even worse; to accentuate, aggravate, or intensify a negative situation, emotion, or experience (for someone). After losing the championship match, it really rubbed salt in John's wound for his girlfriend to break up with him the next day. My pride was already hurting when I didn't get the job, but hearing that they gave it to Dave really rubbed salt into the wound. I can't believe you would ask me to pay you back on the day that I got laid off. Thanks for rubbing salt in my wounds, man.
rub (one) the wrong way
To irritate one due to someone or something's presence, nature, or habitual behavior (as opposed to directly and intentionally). Primarily heard in US. The way she smiles all the time really rubs me the wrong way. It seems so fake. He's always talking about how those commercials rub him the wrong way, but I think they're cute.
rub (one) up the wrong way
To irritate one due to someone or something's presence, nature, or habitual behavior (as opposed to directly intentionally). Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The way she smiles all the time really rubs me up the wrong way. It seems so fake. He's always talking about how those adverts rub him up the wrong way, but I think they're just a bit of fun.
rub one off
vulgar slang To masturbate. After spending the evening watching the exotic dancer, I had to go home and rub one off.
rub one out
vulgar slang To masturbate. After spending the evening watching the exotic dancer, I had to go home and rub one out.
1. To erase, remove, or destroy. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rub" and "out." Janet stealthily rubbed their names out and wrote ours on the application instead. You'll need a powerful cleaning solution if you want to rub that stain out from the carpet.
2. slang To murder someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rub" and "out." They tried to rub the witness out before he could testify, but the police intervened and saved her life. They're going to rub out Manny if he doesn't step in line.
be rubbing (one's) hands (with glee)
To be very enthusiastic or happy about something, typically someone else's misfortune. The CEO was practically rubbing his hands with glee when he heard that our rival company had gone bankrupt.
rub (one's) hands
To be in keen or greedy anticipation (of something). The announcement has many shareholders rubbing their hands gleefully, as their investments will likely double almost overnight. We were rubbing our hands at the thought of a rematch against the team that robbed us of a spot in the finals so many years ago.
rub someone out
Sl. to kill someone. (Underworld.) The gunman was eager to rub somebody out. The crooks tried to rub out the witness.
rub something out
to obliterate something by rubbing. See if you can rub those stains out. Rub out the graffiti on the side of the car if you can.
1. Obliterate or erase by, or as if by, rubbing. For example, Bill was so busy rubbing out the old markings that he forgot to put in new ones. [Mid-1600s]
2. Murder, kill, as in They threatened to rub him out if he didn't pay up. [Slang; mid-1800s]
be rubbing your handsor
be rubbing your hands togethermainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone is rubbing their hands or rubbing their hands together, they are very pleased or excited about something. The four remaining firms will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of new clients and fat fees. The folks at the record company must have been rubbing their hands together when they heard this band. Note: This expression is often used to imply that someone is being greedy or is unpleasantly pleased about someone else's failure.
be rubbing your hands with glee
If someone is rubbing their hands with glee, they are very pleased about something, often something that is bad for someone else. Already the newspapers were rubbing their hands with glee and calling the place "Dr. Terry's House of Horrors". The party leaders are rubbing their hands with glee at Mr Galloway's troubles.
1. To erase or obliterate something by or as if by rubbing: He tried to rub the paint out from the fabric. She rubbed out the grease with a sponge.
2. Slang To kill someone; murder someone: The gangsters rubbed out one of the witnesses.