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Rub, vb. 1) to perfricate, to touch or handle by moving the hand to and fro: “vaded gloss no --ing will refresh,” Pilgr. 176. “r. your chain with crumbs,” Tw. II, 3, 128. “a' --s himself with civet,” Ado III, 2, 50. “she --s her hands,” Mcb. V, 1, 31. “r. thy brows,” Hml. V, 2, 299. “r. him about the temples,” Oth. IV, 1, 53. “you r. the sore, when you should bring the plaster,” Tp. II, 1, 138. “he --s the vein of him,” Troil. II, 3, 210. “that, --ing the poor itch of your opinion, make yourselves scabs,” Cor. I, 1, 169. I have --ed this young “quat almost to the sense,” Oth. V, 1, 11. to r. the elbow, a gesture of exultation: LLL V, 2, 109. H4A V, 1, 77. Used as a technical term in the game of bowls, (a bowl being said to rub, when it was diverted from its course by an impediment): “challenge her to bowl. I fear too much --ing,” LLL IV, 1, 141; cf. the subst. in R2 III, 4, 4. “r. on, and kiss the mistress,” Troil. III, 2, 52.
2) to hinder, to cross: “whose disposition will not be --ed nor stopped,” Lr. II, 2, 161. cf. the subst.
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