Word of the Day: scrub

Word of the Day
April 25, 2016
scrub (verb, noun)
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Facial scrubs can help exfoliate your skin.
Most commonly, scrub means 'to remove dirt from something or to clean by rubbing hard with a cloth or a brush.' Scrub also means 'to cancel or postpone' in informal language. As a noun, a scrub can be the act of scrubbing or a cosmetic product made for scrubbing the skin, or it can be a lot of plants and low trees growing in a forest or other uncultivated area. In North American English, it is also used to refer to an animal of supposedly inferior breed and, in slang, to an insignificant person.


Example sentences
No matter how hard he scrubbed, James couldn't get the stain out of his favorite shirt.
I know we said we'd meet on Wednesday, but something's come up; let's scrub that and arrange the meeting for another day instead.
The bathroom is filthy; it needs a good scrub.
A scrub can help make your skin look brighter by cleaning away the dead skin cells.
Tamsin could hear some kind of animal moving through the low, dense scrub.
The dog isn't purebred; he's just a scrub.


Words often used with scrub
scrub up well (UK): look good when you put on smart clothes. Example: "Because he is a mechanic, Dan normally just wears work clothes, but his friends were surprised to see how well he scrubbed up when he put on a suit."
Did you know?
When surgeons perform an operation, they have to scrub up first, which means that they have to wash their hands very thoroughly, and the surgery has to be carried out in a scrubbed (i.e., sterile) environment. Because of this, the clothes surgeons wear when they are performing surgery have come to be known as scrubs. Nurses and other doctors also wear scrubs.
Other forms
scrubber (noun), scrubbable (adjective)
Scrub dates back to the first half of the 14th century and comes from the Middle Dutch word schrobben and the Middle English word scrobben.
Scrub in other languages
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