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Phrasal Verbs

rub out (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb rub out (2)

American English INFORMAL

Meaning: to kill somebody

Synonym: bump off (informal), take out (informal), do in (informal), murder

For example:

  • rub out sb The mafia will rub out anyone who talks to the police.

  • rub sb out Drug dealers rubbed him out because he'd cheated them.

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

Quick Quiz:

He wanted to rub somebody out, so he was trying to get

a. a rubber

b. a gun

c. an eraser

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