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rub away

1. To exert pressure on and move in continuous contact with something for some extended period of time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rub" and "away." Often followed by "at something." He rubbed away at the rare coin with a polishing cloth to make it shine like new. I've been rubbing away for nearly 10 minutes, but I just can't seem to get this stain out. Something must be rubbing away at the tire, because it shouldn't be wearing down this quickly.
2. To clean, clear, or remove something with a rubbing motion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rub" and "away." Let me just rub some of this dirt and grime away so I can make out the inscription on the headstone. This new phone has a really slick design, but I feel like I'm constantly rubbing away fingerprints smudges.
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rub something away

to remove something by chafing or rubbing. See if you can rub some of the dirt away. Rub away the dirt if you can.
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It's true not everything works (the first half of what threatened to become a Ken Dodd-length show at the Empire flagged a little towards the interval while some flights of fancy never really took off) but the shaggy-haired comedian is undeterred, snatching at the next idea, turning it over like Gollum with a ring, and rubbing away until he finds something peculiarly precious..
Dab off with a tissue, sprinkle with neat bicarbonate of soda and leave to dry before rubbing away with a stiff brush.
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We have tried rubbing away the dry, ink-black growth, but it returns - bigger and darker than ever.
Choose copper, brass or white "crayons" and then set to work, gently rubbing away at your masterpiece.
As well as gently rubbing away dead skin, this Clarins scrub is a great decongestant and left my skin incredibly smooth.
"Women don't exfoliate any more because they think they will be rubbing away their tans," says Natalie.
But ever the gentleman, he did his best to warm us up by giving us huge bear hugs and rubbing away our goose bumps.
First try rubbing away scratches with a freshlyshelled walnut.
Instantly I could feel the hydroxyl acid exfoliator working as it tingled all over my face, rubbing away dead, flaky skin.