Phrasal Verbs

rub off

This page is about the phrasal verb rub off


If a quality someone has rubs off on other people, they start to show that quality as well.

For example

  • rub off If Simon's enthusiasm rubs off on the other workers, they'll all start working harder.

  • rub off Alan's excitement rubbed off on the other kids, and soon they were all running around shouting.

Quick Quiz

My grandfather was a really calm, quiet man, and it seemed to rub off on other people. When they were with him, they felt

a. excited

b. angry

c. peaceful

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