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scrub (something)

To cancel or abort some plan or activity. We had to scrub the new office in New York after the stock market took a dive. We may have to scrub the picnic this weekend if the weather is as bad as they're predicting it will be.
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scrub (something) out of (something else)

To clean some substance or residue out of the inside of something very thoroughly and vigorously. You'll need to scrub all the burnt food out of the pan with a scouring pad. I've got to scrub this gunk out of my keyboard, or it might stop working altogether.
See also: of, out, scrub

scrub away

To clean away some substance or residue (from something) very thoroughly and vigorously. A noun or pronoun is used between "scrub" and "away." You'll want to scrub away all the caked-on dirt and grime before you attempt to repair your bicycle. The salt-and-sugar rub helps you scrub dirt and dead skin cells away, giving your skin a bright, healthy glow.
See also: away, scrub

scrub down

To wash someone or something very thoroughly and vigorously. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrub" and "down." Make sure you scrub the kids down before they go to bed—they've been out playing in the mud all day. We'll need to scrub down the car before my parents get home, or they'll know we took it without asking.
See also: down, scrub

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

scrub out

1. To wash the inside of something very thoroughly and vigorously. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrub" and "out." Did you scrub out the pots and pans like I asked? I've got to take this apart and scrub it out from the inside.
2. To clean some substance or residue out of the inside of something very thoroughly and vigorously. A noun or pronoun is used between "scrub" and "out"; often followed by "of (something)." You can't just leave the pot to soak overnight—you've got to scrub all the burnt food out with a scouring pad. I've got to scrub the gunk out of my keyboard, or it could end up permanently broken.
3. To erase or render illegible by scrubbing, as with a tool or writing implement. A noun or pronoun is used between "scrub" and "out." They used a file to scrub out the serial number on the stolen machine. Someone came over and scrubbed his name out with permanent marker.
See also: out, scrub

scrub up

To wash oneself, especially one's hands, very thoroughly with soap and water. Make sure to get your kids in the habit of scrubbing up before they eat. All surgeons must scrub up before entering the operating room.
See also: scrub, up

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

v.
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

scrub

tv. to cancel something. We had to scrub the whole plan because of the weather.
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Hence it may be recommended that alcohol based rub solutions may be used in place of traditional scrubbing and hence conserve water for the future.
[8.] Tavolacci MP, Pitrou I, Merle V, Haghighat S, Thillard D, Czernichow P (2006) Surgical hand rubbing compared with surgical hand scrubbing: Comparison of efficacy and costs.
[9.] Chia-Feng Chen, RN, Chih-Lu Han, PhD, Chiou-Ping Kan, RN, Shyi-Gen Chen, MD, Ping Wei Hung (2012) Effect of surgical site infections with waterless and traditional hand scrubbing protocols on bacterial growth AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control Volume 40, Issue 4, Pages e15-e17, May 2012.
This is determined by measuring the test panel before and after the scrubbing test.
Accelerated test methods for the washability and the resistance to cleaning of paints are described in standard test methods BS EN ISO 11998, ASTM D2486 and others, and these tests make use of a reciprocal scrubbing motion, as provided by a Washability Tester.
The method for scrubbing the paint surface differs depending on the standard and therefore a range of scrubbing tools is required to meet all of the standards used.
This is important to point out as the AfPP (2007) guidelines state that alcohol rubs are an acceptable alternative to scrubbing for repeated washings only.
Chlorhexidine was significantly more effective than povidone iodine in reducing the number of colony forming units immediately after scrubbing, two hours after the initial scrub and two hours after the subsequent scrub.
There was no significant difference in colony forming units immediately after scrubbing. There were significantly fewer colony forming units in the chlorhexidine group compared with the povidone iodine group two hours after the initial scrub and two hours after the subsequent scrub.
As the scrubbing revealed more and more of the facade, Karstadt followed up with repeated inspections.
Scrubbing involves wetting the hands and forearms with water, applying an aqueous scrub using either palms or sponges, rinsing under running water then repeating this process.
There is some concern that excessive scrubbing and washing may cause skin damage leading to changes in normal bacterial flora, resulting in more organisms possibly increasing the risk of transferred bacteria.