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rub out (third-person singular simple present rubs out, present participle rubbing out, simple past and past participle rubbed out) (transitive) To delete or erase or remove (something) by rubbing. The teacher wanted to rub out the chalk marks on the board. (obsolete) To get by; to live. 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.54: The first will understand but little of them, the latter over much; they might perhaps live and rub out in the middle region. (transitive, criminal slang) To kill. 1942, James Thurber, The Catbird Seat: It was just a week to the day since Mr. Martin had decided to rub out Mrs. Ulgine Barrows. We had to rub out that witness.


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