rub at (something)

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rub at (something)

To exert pressure on and move in contact with something. Make sure not to rub at your eye if you've got something in there—it will only make it more irritated. He rubbed at the coin with a cloth to make it shine a bit brighter.
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rub (away) at something

to chafe or scrape something, repeatedly. The side of his shoe rubbed away at the side of his desk until the paint wore off. Don't rub at your sore. It will get worse.
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Sanjiv Agarwal, Divisional Regional Manager, has stated that the Bengaluru Division is willing to set up the ROBs and RUBs at the earliest across areas in extreme need of these facilities to ensure better safety provisions for the road users.
We will complete the construction of these ROBs and RUBs at the earliest.
Summary: Take your barbecue to the next level by making these spice rubs at home in minutes.
If you find a concentration of rubs at the junction of several rublines and trails, erect a stand on the predominantly downwind side, as that marks the precise spot where a buck will establish his first scrapes.