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rub salt in(to) the/(one's) wound(s)

To make something that is already difficult, unpleasant, or painful even worse; to accentuate, aggravate, or intensify a negative situation, emotion, or experience (for someone). After losing the championship match, it really rubbed salt in John's wound for his girlfriend to break up with him the next day. My pride was already hurting when I didn't get the job, but hearing that they gave it to Dave really rubbed salt into the wound. I can't believe you would ask me to pay you back on the day that I got laid off. Thanks for rubbing salt in my wounds, man.
See also: rub, salt

rub (one) the wrong way

To irritate one due to someone or something's presence, nature, or habitual behavior (as opposed to directly and intentionally). Primarily heard in US. The way she smiles all the time really rubs me the wrong way. It seems so fake. He's always talking about how those commercials rub him the wrong way, but I think they're cute.
See also: rub, way, wrong

rub (one) up the wrong way

To irritate one due to someone or something's presence, nature, or habitual behavior (as opposed to directly intentionally). Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The way she smiles all the time really rubs me up the wrong way. It seems so fake. He's always talking about how those adverts rub him up the wrong way, but I think they're just a bit of fun.
See also: rub, up, way, wrong

rub one off

vulgar slang To masturbate. After spending the evening watching the exotic dancer, I had to go home and rub one off.
See also: off, one, rub

rub one out

vulgar slang To masturbate. After spending the evening watching the exotic dancer, I had to go home and rub one out.
See also: one, out, rub

rub out

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.
See also: out, rub

be rubbing (one's) hands (with glee)

To be very enthusiastic or happy about something, typically someone else's misfortune. The CEO was practically rubbing his hands with glee when he heard that our rival company had gone bankrupt.
See also: hand, rubbing

rub (one's) hands

To be in keen or greedy anticipation (of something). The announcement has many shareholders rubbing their hands gleefully, as their investments will likely double almost overnight. We were rubbing our hands at the thought of a rematch against the team that robbed us of a spot in the finals so many years ago.
See also: hand, rub

rub someone out

Sl. to kill someone. (Underworld.) The gunman was eager to rub somebody out. The crooks tried to rub out the witness.
See also: out, rub

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.
See also: out, rub

rub out

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]
See also: out, rub

be rubbing your hands

or

be rubbing your hands together

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone is rubbing their hands or rubbing their hands together, they are very pleased or excited about something. The four remaining firms will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of new clients and fat fees. The folks at the record company must have been rubbing their hands together when they heard this band. Note: This expression is often used to imply that someone is being greedy or is unpleasantly pleased about someone else's failure.
See also: hand, rubbing

be rubbing your hands with glee

If someone is rubbing their hands with glee, they are very pleased about something, often something that is bad for someone else. Already the newspapers were rubbing their hands with glee and calling the place "Dr. Terry's House of Horrors". The party leaders are rubbing their hands with glee at Mr Galloway's troubles.
See also: glee, hand, rubbing

rub out

v.
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.
See also: out, rub
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Rubbing is an ancient Chinese skill that is used to create exact copies of the characters and patterns on gigantic cultural relics.
Starr's appendix 2 on "Terms for Rubbings and Related Processes" and appendix 3, "Terms for Papers Used to Make Rubbings" (the latter supplementing van Gulik's work in the 1950s), (3) alone are worth the modest price of the book.
12), that bamboo-fiber paper and heavy ink were used both in Tang and Ming rubbings.
The four art-making processes students use in this lesson are rubbing, stenciling, stamping, and block printing.
Next, glue or tape your bark rubbings to contrasting paper and hang them on your walls.
They have been able to try out brass rubbing themselves, as well as seeing the work of experts.
And finally, the fish rubbings were cut out and placed on top of these watery background designs.
IN a picture postcard house just behind the river, the brass rubbing centre is an intimate and inviting spot.
Regular features of the centre include the narrow gauge engine Pixie, which will be giving rides around the garden, the model railway and brass rubbing tuition.
In this printmaking project, which is suitable for any grade level, my kindergarten class used one original cardboard collage, with surface texture, as a plate for several multiple-image techniques--crayon rubbing, embossing, and printing.
We sort out collections after each trip and informally print playful rubbings.
Armed with black crayons and a choice of colored construction paper, we ventured outside to gather visual representations of textures through crayon rubbings.
This, the fourth lesson in this series, uses actual texture as a source for rubbings, which are cut into shapes and arranged to form a T, thereby creating a letter made up of several different textured transfers.
I was invited to browse through samples of leaf rubbings on paper aprons and bookmarks, displayed on her boutique's bulletin board.
I've extended the project with leaf rubbings, stencils and rubbing plates for younger grades.