since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English
ESL Downloads - click 4 FREE stuff
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

Phrasal verbs grammar

1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context ebook

Phrasal Verb of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey