ADV. briskly, hard, vigorously He rubbed his face briskly with the towel. | well Put a little cream onto each hand and rub it in well. | gently, lightly He gently rubbed his swollen nose. | thoughtfully She rubbed her chin thoughtfully. | wearily Corbett rubbed his eyes wearily. | in, together He began to rub his hands together in glee.
VERB + RUB begin to
PREP. against The cat rubbed against my legs. | at She stood up, rubbing at her back. | into Rub the cream well into your skin. | on She rubbed her hands on her apron. | with I rubbed my glasses with my handkerchief.