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Rub, subst. 1) that which causes friction; unevenness, inequality: “to leave no --s nor botches in the work,” Mcb. III, 1, 134 (== to make all smooth).
2) obstacle, impediment, contrariety, cross-purpose: “shall blow each dust, each straw, each little r., out of the path,” John III, 4, 128. “'twill make me think the world is full of --s,” R2 III, 4, 4 (cf. the verb). “every r. is smoothed on our way,” H5 II, 2, 188. “what r. or what impediment there is,” V, 2, 33. “when they once perceive the least r. in your fortunes,” H8 II, 1, 129. “nor has Coriolanus deserved this so dishonoured r. laid falsely i' the plain way of his merit,” Cor. III, 1, 60. “there's the r.” Hml. III, 1, 65.
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