Rub

Rub

, n. [Cf. W. rhwb. See Rub, v,t,] 1. The act of rubbing; friction.
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2. That which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment; especially, a difficulty or obstruction hard to overcome; a pinch.
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Every rub is smoothed on our way.
Shak.
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To sleep, perchance to dream; ay, there's the rub.
Shak.
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Upon this rub, the English ambassadors thought fit to demur.
Hayward.
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One knows not, certainly, what other rubs might have been ordained for us by a wise Providence.
W. Besant.
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3. Inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness. Shak.
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4. Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub.
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5. Imperfection; failing; fault. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
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6. A chance. [Obs.]
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Flight shall leave no Greek a rub.
Chapman.
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7. A stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a whetstone; -- called also rubstone.
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Rub iron, an iron guard on a wagon body, against which a wheel rubs when cramped too much. -- Rub of the green (Golf), anything happening to a ball in motion, such as its being deflected or stopped by any agency outside the match, or by the fore caddie.
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