rub noses

rub noses rub one's nose against someone else's in greeting (as is traditional among Maoris and some other peoples).
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  • rub noses — rub one s nose against someone else s in greeting (especially as traditional among Maoris and some other peoples). → rub …   English new terms dictionary

  • rub noses — rub one s nose against someone else s in greeting (esp. as traditional among Maoris and some other peoples) …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub — ► VERB (rubbed, rubbing) 1) apply firm pressure to (a surface) with a repeated back and forth motion. 2) move to and fro against a surface while pressing or grinding against it. 3) apply with a rubbing action. 4) (rub down) dry, smooth, or clean… …   English terms dictionary

  • rub — (v.) late 14c., perhaps related to E.Fris. rubben to scratch, rub, and Low Ger. rubbeling rough, uneven, or similar words in Scandinavian (Cf. Dan. rubbe to rub, scrub, Norw. rubba), of uncertain origin. Related: Rubbed; rubbing. Hamlet s there s …   Etymology dictionary

  • rub — [c]/rʌb / (say rub) verb (rubbed, rubbing) –verb (t) 1. to subject (an object) to pressure and friction, especially in order to clean, smooth, polish, etc. 2. to move, spread, or apply (something) with pressure and friction over something else. 3 …   Australian English dictionary

  • rub — 1. v. & n. v. (rubbed, rubbing) 1 tr. move one s hand or another object with firm pressure over the surface of. 2 tr. (usu. foll. by against, in, on, over) apply (one s hand etc.) in this way. 3 tr. clean or polish or make dry or bare by rubbing …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub — verb (rubs, rubbing, rubbed) 1》 apply firm pressure to the surface of, using a repeated back and forth motion.     ↘move to and fro against a surface.     ↘apply with a rubbing action: she rubbed some cream on her nose.     ↘(rub something… …   English new terms dictionary

  • rub — Synonyms and related words: Discordia, Eris, ablate, abrade, abrase, afflict, aggravate, agonize, ail, air dry, anhydrate, annoy, apple of discord, attouchement, bake, bandage, bar, bark, bathe, bite, block, blockade, blot, bone of contention,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • rub — 01. The little boy [rubbed] his arm where he had been hit with a baseball. 02. The little girl woke up, and [rubbed] her eyes sleepily. 03. My wife [rubbed] some sun block on my back so I wouldn t burn. 04. The old man was [rubbing] his hands… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • rub someone's nose in — see ↑rub, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑nose rub someone s nose in informal : to repeatedly remind someone of (a mistake, failure, etc.) He beat us all in the race and then rubbed our noses in it. • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

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