One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of rubbing heelball or chalk over paper laid on an engraved brass to reproduce its design.
- ‘Rope making, face painting, brass rubbing and a special quiz were all on offer.’
- ‘Events at the Stone Jetty will include making jigsaws, brass rubbing and bird watching - weather permitting, of course.’
- ‘We'd be over it and on to the next passion - for brass rubbing, say, or morris dancing.’
- ‘There are face painting and brass rubbing for the younger generation and visitors can cool off with a trip on our boat.’
- ‘Starting at 10 am, there will be tours of the church, brass rubbing, exhibitions and bell ringing.’
- ‘What - the city with its own brass rubbing centre, the city that is about to stage a major exhibition on the history of cutlery - boring?’
- ‘Also supporting the event was the Greenwich Heritage Centre, which gave children the chance to take part in brass rubbing, quizzes, colouring sheets and word searches.’
- 1.1count noun An image created by brass rubbing.
- ‘You can tell immediately if someone has tried to do it incorrectly because there will be scrapes, gouges and brass rubbings all over the place.’
- ‘Each is made of zinc, with a relief map of the walls and information and illustrations carved in bas relief - great for children who want to make brass rubbings.’
- ‘The day spent here was one which seemed to pass in half an hour, even for Bea, who once had to spend six months in Venice doing brass rubbings.’
- ‘Students of all ages create brilliant brass rubbings to take home, while immersing themselves in the art and culture of the 14th and 15th centuries.’
- ‘‘We will be taking detailed brass rubbings and photographs and getting as much information as we can so it can all be referenced later,’ he said.’
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