For the past week, political junkies throughout my home city of Chicago have been rubbing our hands in giddy anticipation.
The stain of congressional Republicans seems to be rubbing off on the GOP presidential candidates as well.
In one picture Kate is pulling down her bikini bottoms and William appears to be rubbing sun cream into her lower back.
Everybody was rubbing elbows—and other body parts—all the time.
Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken pieces and pour the marinade on top, rubbing it in well.
"We will go for a walk to-day," said the oblate, rubbing his hands.
They made fire by the rubbing of sticks, shot poisoned arrows at game.
“But it is a mistake,” cried Don Cornelio, rubbing the cold sweat from his forehead.
Newman left off rubbing his hands, and assumed a thoughtful look.
It was horrid of you: but you always had a knack of rubbing one up the wrong way.
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.