One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An act of drying, smoothing down, or cleaning something by rubbing.‘a shower and a brisk rub-down with a towel’as modifier ‘rub-down transfers’
- ‘Kat wrapped a towel around him and gave him a quick rub-down to start drying him off.’
- ‘I chatted with Mai through the door as my jeans joined the shirt and I gave myself a cursory rub-down with a washcloth almost coarse enough to hurt.’
- ‘I tackled it with a swipe from my duster and then a vigorous rub-down with polish and a dust cloth.’
- ‘South of the border, though, the realism is as gritty as a towel rub-down with sandy suntan lotion.’
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