rub in - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyrub in
he/she/itrubs in
present participlerubbing in
past tenserubbed in
past participlerubbed in
  1. 1
    to mix something such as butter or fat into another substance such as flour, using your fingers

    Place the flour in a bowl and rub in the butter.

  2. 2
    rub it in used to remind someone of something stupid or bad that they did

    OK, I lost, no need to rub it in!

See also main entry: rub