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Definition of Scrub


  1. Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also, brush. See Brush, above.
  2. A low, straggling tree of inferior quality.
  3. To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of cleaning or brightening; as, to scrub a floor, a doorplate.
  4. To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour; hence, to be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a living.
  5. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow.
  6. Something small and mean.
  7. A worn-out brush.
  8. A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
  9. One of the common live stock of a region of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when inferior in size, etc.
  10. Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.

Scrub Quotations

I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.
Al Sharpton

I go home and stay there. I wash and scrub up each day, and that's it. One month I actually grew a moustache, just so I could say that I'd done something.
Bill Murray

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in while, or the light won't come in.
Alan Alda

Graffiti's always been a temporary art form. You make your mark and then they scrub it off.

I am not a big facial person. But I do love a body scrub.
Daria Werbowy
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Scrub Translations

scrub in French is lessivage
scrub in Italian is strofinare, strofinare
scrub in Spanish is fregado
scrub in Swedish is skuras, krubba
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