rub out (1)

British and Australian English
This page is about the phrasal verb rub out (1).

Meaning: to erase something that's been written or drawn

Synonym: erase

For example:

  • rub out sth If you make a mistake on your test paper, rub out the bit that's wrong and write it again.

  • rub sth out When the teacher saw what someone had drawn on the blackboard, she quickly grabbed her duster and rubbed it out.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

After thinking about it for a moment, she rubbed out what she

a. had written

b. had thought

c. had eaten

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