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scrub someone or something down

to clean someone or something thoroughly by rubbing. The mother scrubbed the baby down gently and put lotion on her. Please scrub down this floor.
See also: down, scrub

scrub someone or something off

to clean someone or something by rubbing. Mother scrubbed Timmy off. Liz scrubbed off the countertop.
See also: off, scrub

scrub something away

to clean something away by rubbing. See if you can scrub that rust away. Scrub away that rust if you can.
See also: away, scrub

scrub something off (of) something

 and scrub something off
to clean something off something by scrubbing. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I have to scrub the mud off the porch steps. Did you scrub off all the grease?
See also: off, scrub

scrub something out

to clean out the inside of something by rubbing or brushing. Please scrub these pots out and put them away. Jim will scrub out the pots.
See also: out, scrub

scrub something out of something

 and scrub something Out
to clean something out of something by scrubbing. Please scrub the gravy out of the pot. Are you going to scrub out the burned material?
See also: of, out, scrub

scrub up

1. Lit. to clean oneself up. You have to scrub up before dinner. Please go scrub up before you come to the table.
2. Fig. to clean oneself, especially one's hands and arms, as a preparation for performing a surgical procedure. The surgeon scrubbed up thoroughly before the operation. When you finish scrubbing up, someone will help you on with sterile clothing.
See also: scrub, up

scrub up

Thoroughly wash one's hands and forearms, as before performing surgery. For example, The residents had to scrub up in case they were called on to assist with the operation. [c. 1900]
See also: scrub, up

scrub up

To wash the hands and arms thoroughly, as before performing or participating in surgery: The doctors and nurses scrubbed up before entering the operating room.
See also: scrub, up


tv. to cancel something. We had to scrub the whole plan because of the weather.
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Chia-Feng Chen, RN, Chih-Lu Han, PhD, Chiou-Ping Kan, RN, Shyi-Gen Chen, MD, Ping Wei Hung (2012) Effect of surgical site infections with waterless and traditional hand scrubbing protocols on bacterial growth AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control Volume 40, Issue 4, Pages e15-e17, May 2012.
This is determined by measuring the test panel before and after the scrubbing test.
Accelerated test methods for the washability and the resistance to cleaning of paints are described in standard test methods BS EN ISO 11998, ASTM D2486 and others, and these tests make use of a reciprocal scrubbing motion, as provided by a Washability Tester.
The method for scrubbing the paint surface differs depending on the standard and therefore a range of scrubbing tools is required to meet all of the standards used.
2% ethylhexadecyldimethyl ammonium ethylsulfate (Sterillium) was found to be more effective than scrubbing using 4% chlorhexidine gluconate in reducing colony forming units on participants hands immediately after antisepsis and at the end of the surgical procedure.
This is important to point out as the AfPP (2007) guidelines state that alcohol rubs are an acceptable alternative to scrubbing for repeated washings only.
Chlorhexidine was significantly more effective than povidone iodine in reducing the number of colony forming units immediately after scrubbing, two hours after the initial scrub and two hours after the subsequent scrub.
Wet Gas Scrubbing can be retrofitted into all full-burn and partial-burn FCCs, even those with first generation CO boilers and/or those operating at very low flue gas pressure.
ExxonMobil has over three decades of experience in the commercial application of their Wet Gas Scrubbing technology.
The market for double-sided wafer scrubbing has undergone tremendous growth fueled by the burgeoning CMP market.
It is remarkable, given the growth of the double-sided scrubbing market, that a significant second-source for PVA brushes has never emerged.
SYNERGY combines the production-proven capabilities of OnTrak's Double Sided Scrubbing (DSS(TM)) technology, the de facto standard for CMP cleaning, with in-situ chemical etching.
A third-generation tool using OnTrak's double-sided scrubbing technology, SYNERGY provides chemical capabilities not offered by competitive systems.
The DDW Transformation Manager adds robust data scrubbing and conversion capabilities to Bull's DDW product family for transforming `dirty' production data into `clean' warehouse data ready to be loaded," said Kirk Mosher, marketing director for Bull's DDW business unit.
The DDW Transformation Manager is a Windows/UNIX client/server application that provides reusable data scrubbing and conversion routines for transforming "dirty" production data into "clean" warehouse data.