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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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Use warm soapy water to remove dried soil from wooden handles, then smooth any splinters and snags with sandpaper and rub down the handles with an oily rag to preserve the timber.
Rub down till they are smooth and then apply more primer before applying colour.
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Once the top coat has dried, rub down the corners and edges of the cabinet - and any other areas where you want a little of the cream undercoat to show through - with fine wire wool.
Dubliner Wesley was the cat that got the sun cream as the former Miss World gives him a rub down on a romantic holiday in Spain's Costa Del Sol.
And it's time to pull those flares out of the bottom of your cupboard, rub down your glitterball and jump to the beat.
Dubliner Wesley was the cat that got the sun cream as the 23-year-old former Miss World gives him a rub down on a romantic holiday.
Give the ironwork a good rub down with some wire wool, paint on some anti-rust primer, then add a top coat of metal paint.
Rub down all surfaces to be painted with sandpaper, clean with a damp cloth and leave to dry.