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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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The white sugar sand that is characteristic of scrubs shows up distinctly on aerial photographs and consulting photographs for areas you are considering hunting is beneficial.
Wash hands and arms to 2 inches above the elbow with the proper amount of povidone-iodine scrub solution.
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Be careful not to scrub right after you shave, as the beads can aggravate those areas, resulting in ingrown hairs.
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This study was conducted in rosemary scrub and roadsides at Archbold Biological Station (ABS) in Highlands County, Florida, USA (27[degrees]10'50"N, 81[degrees]21'0"W).
Five studies compared aqueous scrubs against alcohol rubs (Herruzo et al 2000, Pietsch 2001, Parienti et al 2002, Hajipour et al 2006, Gupta et al 2007).
Facial scrubs are made using much finer particles to suit the more delicate skin so never use a body scrub on your face as it'll be far too abrasive and you'll do more harm than good.
And she recommends using salt scrubs or other body exfoliants on damp skin, except on areas of thicker skins like knees, elbows and feet, where they can be used dry.
50 Smooth and silky, this isn't like some facial scrubs which feel like they've come out of a cement mixer.
NEW YORK -- Providing clean and healthy skin as well as invigoration, shower scrubs have become increasingly popular with consumers.
Florida's most ancient and extensive scrubs lie near the center of the state, on the Lake Wales Ridge and in the Ocala National Forest.
Surgical scrubs are trendy again in the Canadian city of Fredericton, N.
While infection-control experts urge the use of CHG, hand washing with CHG has generally been limited to presurgical scrubs because most CHG preparations are at stronger (4.