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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrub off
he/she/itrubs off
present participlerubbing off
past tenserubbed off
past participlerubbed off
  1. if a quality that someone has rubs off, it starts to affect another person so that they start to have that quality too
    rub off on:

    Hopefully her enthusiasm will rub off on the rest of the team.

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