English version

rub something/somebody ↔ down

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrub something/somebody ↔ down phrasal verb1 to make a surface smooth by rubbing it with sandpaper That door needs rubbing down before you paint it.2 to dry a person or animal by rubbing them with a cloth, towel etc The groom rubbed down the horses.3 to massage someone, especially after exercise rub→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
rub downIt was rubbing up and down as if he were titillating an unseen erogenous zone.They washed in smoke and heat, rubbing themselves down in their own sweat.Léonie's hand rubbed up and down, kneaded, caressed.Gavin's hand rubbed up and down on Janice's lap.My job was to rub his back down with a rough towel when he came in.I tried to rub him down with a wet towel, but he was delirious and hardly knew me.Mo doesn't go to make-up, the Elstree Prop Department just rubs her down with sandpaper.
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Verb table
rub
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyrub
he, she, itrubs
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyrubbed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave rubbed
he, she, ithas rubbed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad rubbed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill rub
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have rubbed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam rubbing
he, she, itis rubbing
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you, we, theyare rubbing
Past
I, he, she, itwas rubbing
you, we, theywere rubbing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been rubbing
he, she, ithas been rubbing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been rubbing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be rubbing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been rubbing
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