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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.
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]
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.
rub someone out
tv. to kill someone. (Underworld.) The gunman was eager to rub somebody out.