Now she found herself cooking for eight men and scrubbing the toilet aboard a small boat with no hot water.
She works as a maid, scrubbing floors and toilets of the well-to-do families in West Hartford, Connecticut.
First-generation girls were scrubbing floors and helping out.
Then the woman in charge of scrubbing the federal budget apparently not scrubbing her own taxes.
It was years since the grate had received such a polishing, or the floor such a scrubbing.
Pop was putting away the dishes, and Jud was scrubbing out the sink.
Azuba was not, as usual, busy with her cooking or scrubbing.
Bill was scrubbing the porch, and a farmhand was gathering bottles from the grass into a box.
She looked at her hands and straightway she fell to scrubbing them with soap as she had never scrubbed them before.
The grime was perpetually renewed; scrubbing only ground it in.
"rub hard," early 15c., earlier shrubben (c.1300), perhaps from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German schrubben "to scrub," or from an unrecorded Old English cognate, or from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish skrubbe "to scrub"), probably ultimately from the Proto-Germanic root of shrub, used as a cleaning tool (cf. the evolution of broom, brush (n.1)).
Meaning "to cancel" is attested from 1828 (popularized during World War II with reference to flights), probably from notion of "to rub out, erase" an entry on a listing. Related: Scrubbed; scrubbing.
late 14c., "low, stunted tree," variant of shrobbe (see shrub), perhaps influenced by a Scandinavian word (cf. Danish dialectal skrub "a stunted tree, brushwood"). Collective sense "brush, shrubs" is attested from 1805. As an adjective from 1710. Scrub oak recorded from 1766.
Transferred sense of "mean, insignificant fellow" is from 1580s; U.S. sports meaning "athlete not on the varsity team" is recorded from 1892, probably from this, but cf. scrub "hard-working servant, drudge" (1709), perhaps from influence of scrub (v.).
"act of scrubbing," 1620s, from scrub (v.). Meaning "thing that is used in scrubbing" is from 1680s.
To cancel or eliminate: They were forced to scrub the whole plan
[1828+; popularized by military use during World War II]
[ultimately fr scrub, ''shrub, a low, stunted tree''; the quoted 1990s teenager use is an interesting survival or perhaps a revival based on the second sense]