Even George H.W. Bush earned the nickname “rubbers” for his obsession with population control.
A new supply of rubbers should be purchased each canning season, because rubber deteriorates as it grows old.
So the rubbers went on with the amount of harmony customary to the place.
And then, having donned his rubbers, and taking Coras umbrella, Walter set off on his quest.
"You'd better put on your rubbers, and have a hunt out-doors," said mother.
rubbers and tops should then be placed in position and the product sterilized for the same length of time as for canned tomatoes.
Rankin came back to the fire with a pair of rubbers in his hand.
Looking in the direction he pointed I saw the opera soubrette Z——, putting on her rubbers and crossing her legs in doing so.
The number of the rubbers corresponds to that of the inducting poles.
The rubbers he hated to wear stood heel to heel against the wall.
"thing that rubs" (a brush, cloth, etc.), 1530s, agent noun from rub (v.). The meaning "elastic substance from tropical plants" (short for India rubber) first recorded 1788, introduced to Europe 1744 by Charles Marie de la Condamine, so called because it originally was used as an eraser.
Very useful for erasing the strokes of black lead pencils, and is popularly called rubber, and lead-eater. [entry for Caoutchouc in Howard, "New Royal Encyclopedia," 1788]Meaning "overshoe made of rubber" is 1842, American English; slang sense of "condom" is by 1930s. Sense of "deciding match" in a game or contest is 1590s, of unknown signification, and perhaps an entirely separate word. Rubber stamp (n.) is from 1881; figurative sense of "institution whose power is formal but not real" is from 1919; the verb in this sense is from 1934. Rubber cement is attested from 1856 (from 1823 as India-rubber cement). Rubber check (one that "bounces") is from 1927.
A professional killer; hit man (1934+ Underworld)