I wish I could rub out my life,” she laments in the opening chapter, “twiddling knobs as on an Etch A Sketch, and start again.
Now, break off a bit of that bread-crumb, and rub out what you have done.
He did it in ink for me; and that is better than any of your sketches, that will rub out in a minute.
These you can rub out easily, and afterwards indulge your own.
They were cheering him because they expected him to rub out the word "England."
The girl proceeded to rub out with the duster all the questions but the first.
That is better; the pencil-marks could rub out, and I should grieve for that.
How kind to ask for some of my few small memories of your father—treasured memories which no length of years can ever rub out.
Then, he could rub out the pencil marks and type in the letter?
Poet, Nature is trying to rub out the green of youth, and to paint everything white.
early 14c., transitive and intransitive, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to East Frisian rubben "to scratch, rub," and Low German rubbeling "rough, uneven," or similar words in Scandinavian (cf. Danish rubbe "to rub, scrub," Norwegian rubba), of uncertain origin. Related: Rubbed; rubbing.
To rub (someone) the wrong way is from 1853; probably the notion is of cats' fur. To rub noses in greeting as a sign of friendship (attested from 1822) formerly was common among Eskimos, Maoris, and some other Pacific Islanders. Rub out "obliterate" is from 1560s; underworld slang sense of "kill" is recorded from 1848, American English. Rub off "remove by rubbing" is from 1590s; meaning "have an influence" is recorded from 1959.
"act of rubbing," 1610s, from rub (v.); earlier "obstacle, inequality on ground" (1580s, common in 17c.) which is the figure in Hamlet's there's the rub (1602).
The application of friction and pressure.
Such a procedure applied to the body.
To murder; kill; hit: whose husband you rubbed out (1846+)