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scrub off

To clean away some substance or residue (from something) very thoroughly and vigorously. A noun or pronoun is used between "scrub" and "off." You should be scrubbing off all the caked-on dirt and grime from your bicycle at least once a week, or it will wear out a lot faster than it would otherwise. The salt-and-sugar rub helps you scrub dirt and dead skin cells off your body, giving your skin a bright, healthy glow.
See also: off, scrub
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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 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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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To clean oven surfaces, coat them in a paste of water and baking or washing soda and let stand overnight, then scrub off the paste while wearing gloves.
The officers spoke to the teenagers' mothers, and the girls were ordered to scrub off most of the chalk markings outside their homes in Spring Street.
The RedWeb Guarda device sprays offenders with a colourful powder, almost impossible to scrub off, which has a unique DNA signature intended to help police bring prosecutions
If the average driver reacts at 0.7 seconds, that's giving 1.3 seconds of braking power to scrub off the speed.
Scrub off dirt, moss, fungal growth and lichens with a stiff brush then remove any previous coatings with sandpaper or a wire brush.
Can't her own mother get her under a shower, scrub off her inches-deep maquillage, sober her up and remind her that her children will grow to abhor her.
That evening I had a lot of trouble trying to scrub off the black diamonds down my chest and belly.
Don't use an expensive hand cleaner to scrub off grease or ground-in dirt.
Tiber Street, they will remove litter and debris and scrub off graffiti.
Let them soak for several minutes, then scrub off the loosened debris with a stiff-bristled plastic brush.
Litter in the High Street, with vast quantities of chewing gum, creates a major challenge that our Care For Your Area teams are coping with using squads of litter pickers, costly litter bins and a hi-tech machine to scrub off the gum.