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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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Under the agreement, BELCO(R) will offer the LoTOx technology in conjunction with its own EDV(R) wet scrubbing system to help refiners around the world control particulates, sulfur dioxide and NOx from their fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCU's) - the main gasoline production units at refineries.
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ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) and Hamon Research-Cottrell (HRC) announced today the signing of a license and sublicensing agreement to provide ExxonMobil's Wet Gas Scrubbing (WGS) technology to sublicensees of HRC.
a Texas-based market leader in infection prevention, tissue management, and dermatology products, has introduced the first "touch-free" delivery system for brush-free surgical scrubbing, further revolutionizing operating room efficiencies across the country.