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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Low German
Origin: or a Scandinavian language

scrub

1 verb
     
Related topics: Cleaning
scrub1 past tense and past participle scrubbed, present participle scrubbing
1 [intransitive and transitive]DHC to rub something hard, especially with a stiff brush, in order to clean it:
She was on her hands and knees scrubbing the floor.
He scrubbed the dirt off his boots.
The table needs to be scrubbed clean.
scrub at
She scrubbed at her face with a tissue.
clean
2 [transitive] informal to decide not to do something that you had planned [= cancel]:
We scrubbed the idea in the end.

scrub something ↔ out

phrasal verb
DHC to clean the inside of a place thoroughly:
The rooms are all scrubbed out once a week.

scrub up

phrasal verb
MH to wash your hands and arms before doing a medical operation
WORD FOCUS: clean WORD FOCUS: clean
wash with soap and water
wipe
with a damp cloth
brush
with a brush to remove the dirt
polish
by rubbing with a cloth
scrub
by rubbing hard
sweep
with a broom
mop
with water and a mop (a tool with a long handle)
vacuum
also hoover British English with a machine that sucks up dust
disinfect
using chemicals to kill germs
cleanse
to clean your skin using a special cream
rinse
to put water on to remove dirt or soap
dust
to remove dust, for example with a cloth


See also
clean

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