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  • noun
    An act of scrubbing something or someone. (give the floor a good scrub)
    A semi-abrasive cosmetic lotion applied to the face or body in order to cleanse the skin. (don't use facial scrubs if your skin is sensitive)
    Special hygienic clothing worn by surgeons during operations. (Bill emerged from the delivery room in green scrubs)
    verb
    Rub (someone or something) hard so as to clean them, typically with a brush and water. (he had to scrub the floor)
    Cancel or abandon (something) (the first two races had to be scrubbed because of blustery winds and rough seas)
    Use water to remove impurities from (gas or vapour) (the vapour is scrubbed by the condensate)
    (of a driver) allow (a tyre) to slide or scrape across the road surface so as to reduce speed. (I usually only scrub the front tyre when I get into a turn too hot)
    (of a rider) rub the arms and legs urgently on a horse's neck and flanks to urge it to move faster. (by now the field was spreadeagled and scrubbing to keep in touch with the hounds)
  • noun
    Vegetation consisting mainly of brushwood or stunted forest growth. (a desert plain dotted with scrub)
    Denoting a shrubby or small form of a plant. (scrub apple trees)
    An insignificant or contemptible person. (you are a mean scrub)
    An informal team game played by children in a public area. (hardly anyone ever plays scrub these days)

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