rub out

rub out

  1. (transitive) To delete or erase or remove (something) by rubbing.
    The teacher wanted to rub out the chalk marks on the blackboard.
  2. (obsolete) To get by; to live.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 54, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      The first will understand but little of them, the latter over much; they might perhaps live and rub out in the middle region.
  3. (transitive, criminal slang) To kill, especially to murder.
    • 1942, James Thurber, [ The Catbird Seat]:
      It was just a week to the day since Mr. Martin had decided to rub out Mrs. Ulgine Barrows.
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