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To make something clean by rubbing

rub

verb

to move something such as a cloth backwards and forwards across a surface to clean it, dry it, or make it smooth

wipe

verb

to clean or dry something by moving a cloth or something soft over it

polish

verb

to rub the surface of something in order to make it shine

scrub

verb

to wash or clean something by rubbing it hard, especially with a brush

buff

verb

to make something shine by rubbing it with something such as a soft cloth

rub out

to remove writing or drawing from a blackboard, whiteboard etc so that the surface is clean

finish

verb

to rub a surface, or to put a substance on it, in order to make it smooth and attractive

shine

verb

to rub something until it shines

dab

verb

to touch a surface gently several times with something such as a piece of cloth, in order to make it clean or dry

scour

verb

to clean something thoroughly by rubbing it hard with something rough

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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