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rub (multiple things) together

To exert pressure on two or more things while moving them in continuous contact with one another to create friction. Starting a fire isn't just as easy as rubbing two sticks together. She put soap in her hands and rubbed them together to form a lather.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rub something together

to press two things together and move them back and forth. Sam rubbed his fingers together, indicating that he needed some money before he could continue. Mary rubbed her hands together to get them warmed up.
See also: rub, together
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He had been spared the humiliation of laying his ship to with a fair wind; and at once that man, of an open and truthful nature, spoke up in perfect good faith, rubbing together his brown, hairy hands - the hands of a master-craftsman upon the sea:
It was the stillest silence they had ever known, broken once by a distant lapping, which Peter explained was the wild beasts drinking at the ford, and again by a rasping sound that might have been the branches of trees rubbing together, but he said it was the redskins sharpening their knives.
He advanced, glancing keenly from one to the other of his visitors, and slowly rubbing together his thin, blue-veined hands.
A chronic, progressive musculoskeletal disorder characterised by gradual loss of cartilage in joints, it results in bones rubbing together which creating stiffness, pain and impaired movement.
For example, it could be a nail that is not fully driven home rubbing against a joist, or the boards rubbing together.
For example, it could be a nail that is not fully driven home rubbing against a joist, or the boards rubbing together. Pouring talcum powder between the joints in the floorboard can solve the problem by lubricating the surfaces.
While smooth surfaces rubbing together do generate charge, Wang and his research team have increased the current production by using micro-patterned surfaces.
The newly release IoHT study results on human sexual temperatures extend Carey's theory of social heat of interactions, interchanges, and rubbing between the human molecules of society to the theory of 'sexual heat' as the heat associated with the interactions, interchanges, and rubbing together of two human molecules in the act of sex or in those states of movement, activity, and mechanism leading up to and culminating in the acts of sexual intercourse; sex being, in all reality, the dominating aspect in the mechanism of society.
Strong muscles help prevent joints from rubbing together and wearing down cartilage.
This rubbing together doesn't usually accompany a loose action, however.
PREDICT: Friction, or the force that opposes the motion of two surfaces rubbing together, can cause the surfaces to heat up.
The majority of insect sounds--chirps, trills, and skritches, as well as the squeaks of other roaches--are produced by body parts rubbing together. The hissing roaches instead squirt air out of specialized holes in their abdomens.
There are also a number of Jewish gestures such as shrugs and throwing hands up the air as if to say "Oy vey!" and even the not-so-flattering rubbing together of fingers, indicating a desire for money.
But they soon realised the rubbing together of Frank's nylon jacket and woollen shirt had generated static.