Definition of rub someone out in US English:

rub someone out

phrasal verb

North American
informal
  • Kill someone.

    • ‘The men were in New York for a week, just to rub someone out.’
    • ‘So of course they're gonna rub him out, or kill him, or something.’
    • ‘I've often wondered why they haven't just rubbed him out.’
    • ‘The story is about two secret agents who are suddenly forced to rub each other out.’
    • ‘I had nothing but a raw animal instinct in me to rub this man out, to erase him.’
    • ‘Two of their assassins were sent in to rub him out for good.’
    kill, murder, cause the death of, end the life of, take the life of, do away with, make away with, assassinate, do to death, eliminate, terminate, dispatch, finish off, put to death, execute
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