Rub of the green


Rub of the green
Rub Rub, n. [Cf. W. rhwb. See Rub, v,t,] 1. The act of rubbing; friction. [1913 Webster]

2. That which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment; especially, a difficulty or obstruction hard to overcome; a pinch. [1913 Webster]

Every rub is smoothed on our way. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

To sleep, perchance to dream; ay, there's the rub. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Upon this rub, the English ambassadors thought fit to demur. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]

One knows not, certainly, what other rubs might have been ordained for us by a wise Providence. --W. Besant. [1913 Webster]

3. Inequality of surface, as of the ground in the game of bowls; unevenness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Something grating to the feelings; sarcasm; joke; as, a hard rub. [1913 Webster]

5. Imperfection; failing; fault. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

6. A chance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Flight shall leave no Greek a rub. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

7. A stone, commonly flat, used to sharpen cutting tools; a whetstone; -- called also {rubstone}. [1913 Webster]

{Rub iron}, an iron guard on a wagon body, against which a wheel rubs when cramped too much.

{Rub of the green} (Golf), anything happening to a ball in motion, such as its being deflected or stopped by any agency outside the match, or by the fore caddie. [1913 Webster + Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • rub of the green — something happening to a golf ball in play that affects its course or status not caused by a player or caddie involved in the match * * * Golf any accidental or unpredictable influence on the course or position of the ball ■ good fortune, esp. as …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub of the green — noun Any accidental deflection of the ball by an outside agency (spectator, caddie etc); the ball is played without penalty from where it comes to rest …   Wiktionary

  • the rub of the green — ► the rub of the green 1) Golf an accidental or unpredictable influence on the course or position of the ball. 2) good fortune. Main Entry: ↑rub …   English terms dictionary

  • (the) rub of the green — mainly British if you have the rub of the green, you have good luck, especially in a sports competition. This player hasn t had the rub of the green in the last few tournaments …   New idioms dictionary

  • the rub of the green — 1》 Golf an accidental or unpredictable influence on the course or position of the ball. 2》 good fortune. → rub …   English new terms dictionary

  • the green — Chance events over which one has no control (orig an outside interference with the ball in golf) ● rub …   Useful english dictionary

  • rub — ► VERB (rubbed, rubbing) 1) apply firm pressure to (a surface) with a repeated back and forth motion. 2) move to and fro against a surface while pressing or grinding against it. 3) apply with a rubbing action. 4) (rub down) dry, smooth, or clean… …   English terms dictionary

  • Rub — Rub, n. [Cf. W. rhwb. See Rub, v,t,] 1. The act of rubbing; friction. [1913 Webster] 2. That which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment; especially, a difficulty or obstruction… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rub iron — Rub Rub, n. [Cf. W. rhwb. See Rub, v,t,] 1. The act of rubbing; friction. [1913 Webster] 2. That which rubs; that which tends to hinder or obstruct motion or progress; hindrance; obstruction, an impediment; especially, a difficulty or obstruction …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rub — [c]/rʌb / (say rub) verb (rubbed, rubbing) –verb (t) 1. to subject (an object) to pressure and friction, especially in order to clean, smooth, polish, etc. 2. to move, spread, or apply (something) with pressure and friction over something else. 3 …   Australian English dictionary