Complete Definition of "rub out"

English

Verb
en-verb|inf=to rub out|rubs out|rubbing out|rubbed out

  1. transitive To delete or erase or remove (something) by rubbing.

#: The teacher wanted to rub out the chalk marks on the board.

  1. context|transitive|criminal slang To kill.

#: We had to rub out that witness.

Usage notes
In both senses the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.

Translations
Dutch: uitvagen, wegvagen, wegvegen
French: effacer (1)
German: ausradieren (1, 2), wegwischen (1)

Category:English phrasal verbs

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