Definition of rubdown in English:



  • 1A massage.

    • ‘A quick rubdown, another warning about soap and I'm off.’
    • ‘Six days of hardcore mountain hiking means you earn that daily rubdown.’
    • ‘Even as I surrendered to the rubdown I wondered how I would ever get all the oil off my body.’
    • ‘A sports massage is not about relaxation, so don't anticipate a full-body rubdown.’
    • ‘The deluxe spa suite located by the hotel's Olympic-sized pool, proffers clients an unobstructed view of a star-studded sky even as they get their rubdowns!’
    • ‘There are also the golf club memberships, the corporate retreat in the South Pacific, the daily rubdown by the executive-suite masseuse, and other free perks to help make the burden tolerable.’
    • ‘After a generous rubdown with oil, we put on dinner clothes.’
    • ‘While not as pleasurable as your typical spa massage, a good sports rubdown certainly has its moments and will leave you feeling like a new man.’
    • ‘Evening primrose, which has been used to help us unwind for centuries, is perfect for a relaxing rubdown.’
    • ‘I'll give him a nice relaxing rubdown and he won't be able to resist me!’
    • ‘Guys who played a handful of minutes were getting rubdowns.’
    • ‘Newspaper accounts said the Babe gulped ice water, inhaled snuff and got vigorous rubdowns between innings.’
    • ‘Several teams have brought along masseuses for postlap rubdowns, as well as mechanics for soup-to-nuts overhauls.’
    • ‘Whether Swedish, shiatsu or a basic sports massage, these rubdowns have earned their reputation for buoying mind, body and spirit.’
    • ‘Immediately after the sauna we got a rubdown, which, I swear, took half my skin off.’
    • ‘For a full body rubdown, you have a range of price options.’
    • ‘At the salon, a 50-minute rubdown costs roughly $140.’
    • ‘For an excellent rubdown at a bargain rate, try the 55-minute head-to-toe massage.’
    • ‘The treatment ends with a rubdown using warm, lavender-scented towels.’
    • ‘Edmontonians in the market for a rubdown or a scrubdown voted the salon number one for the first year.’
    1. 1.1 An act of drying, smoothing down, or cleaning something by rubbing.
      ‘a shower and a brisk rubdown with a towel’
      as modifier ‘rubdown decals’
      • ‘I tackled it with a swipe from my duster and then a vigorous rub-down with polish and a dust cloth.’
      • ‘Kat wrapped a towel around him and gave him a quick rub-down to start drying him off.’
      • ‘South of the border, though, the realism is as gritty as a towel rub-down with sandy suntan lotion.’
      • ‘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.’
      massage, rub-down
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