Phrasal Verbs

rub out (2)

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

American English INFORMAL


to kill somebody


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.


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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