rub (someone or something) with (something)

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rub (someone or something) with (something)

1. To press something on someone or something while moving it in continuous contact with them or it. You should only rub your glasses with microfiber cloths when you're cleaning them, otherwise you could scratch the lenses. The nursed rubbed the patient with a soft sponge to clean away the dirt from his wounds.
2. To cover someone or something with some substance by rubbing it on them or it. Next, rub the meat with the mixture of herbs and spices, and then pop it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The masseuse rubbed me with oil before beginning the massage.
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rub someone or something with something

to wipe someone or something with something. The mother rubbed the baby gently with a soft cloth. Todd rubbed the surface of the car with a rag to polish it.
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Also, the phase characteristic of a disk rubbing with a ring supported elastically was used to explain the mechanism of stiffness increase phenomenon [18].
The control strategy in this paper consists of two steps: at first, when the rotor is rubbing with the active auxiliary bearing, the feedback actuation is applied by the active auxiliary bearing to drive rotor to the desired status.
Modification of grasses or bushes prior to rubbing with the antorbital glands has been documented in oribi (Ourebia ourebia; Gosling 1972) and hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus; Gosling 1985).