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scrub someone or something down

to clean someone or something thoroughly by rubbing. The mother scrubbed the baby down gently and put lotion on her. Please scrub down this floor.
See also: down, scrub

scrub someone or something off

to clean someone or something by rubbing. Mother scrubbed Timmy off. Liz scrubbed off the countertop.
See also: off, scrub

scrub something away

to clean something away by rubbing. See if you can scrub that rust away. Scrub away that rust if you can.
See also: away, scrub

scrub something off (of) something

 and scrub something off
to clean something off something by scrubbing. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I have to scrub the mud off the porch steps. Did you scrub off all the grease?
See also: off, scrub

scrub something out

to clean out the inside of something by rubbing or brushing. Please scrub these pots out and put them away. Jim will scrub out the pots.
See also: out, scrub

scrub something out of something

 and scrub something Out
to clean something out of something by scrubbing. Please scrub the gravy out of the pot. Are you going to scrub out the burned material?
See also: of, out, scrub

scrub up

1. Lit. to clean oneself up. You have to scrub up before dinner. Please go scrub up before you come to the table.
2. Fig. to clean oneself, especially one's hands and arms, as a preparation for performing a surgical procedure. The surgeon scrubbed up thoroughly before the operation. When you finish scrubbing up, someone will help you on with sterile clothing.
See also: scrub, up

scrub up

Thoroughly wash one's hands and forearms, as before performing surgery. For example, The residents had to scrub up in case they were called on to assist with the operation. [c. 1900]
See also: scrub, up

scrub up

To wash the hands and arms thoroughly, as before performing or participating in surgery: The doctors and nurses scrubbed up before entering the operating room.
See also: scrub, up


tv. to cancel something. We had to scrub the whole plan because of the weather.
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Marks & Spencer Apothecary Elderflower & Rhubarb Body Scrub, PS9 A sugar body polish with heavenly elderflower and rhubarb extract.
Uniform Advantage is a leading retailer of scrubs and medical uniforms.
Indeed, scrub typhus should be a differential diagnosis in the patient with acute febrile illness with history of a short trip in a jungle.
HE-SHI EXFOLIATING BODYWASH (150ml, pounds 12) This pink gel contains microfibres which give a thorough scrub leaving skin feeling well exfoliated.
THIS scrub leaves your skin feeling polished and soft.
INTRODUCTION: Use of new methods for prevention of communicable diseases and infection control, nowadays in most operating rooms involves the surgical team scrubbing with an efficient agent for a short time, while in more of our operating rooms, traditional use of routine hand scrub (Betadine more than 3 min) is common.
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If your have acne, a scrub can cause your skin's bacteria to travel," causing more outbreaks.
To the Editor: Pingtan Island, in the eastern Fujian Province, People's Republic of China, has been a traditional focus of summer scrub typhus.
In the thief-ridden world of western scrub jays, a bird storing food takes note of any other jay that watches it and later defends the hoard accordingly, says a new study.
The number of scrub-jays statewide has been in steady decline over the past century due to the habitat loss resulting from urban development and the aging of xeric oak scrub caused by fire suppression policies.
If not for the lightning I would have stayed put; the scrub is never lovelier than during, or just after, a rain.