rub in (transitive) To apply by rubbing. 2006 July 19, “On The Fridge”, Washington Post: Flattening chicken breast halves serves two purposes: It provides more surface area to rub in the Greek-influenced seasoning, and it ensures that the chicken cooks quickly. (transitive, idiomatic) To irritatingly make a point. 2003 March 9, Glenn Davis, “U.S. vs. Mexico a day of celebration, opportunity”, Houston Chronicle: Postcards from Florida might mean someone is rubbing in the fact he or she has been lounging on the white, sandy beaches
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