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rub

1. Bowls an uneven patch in the green
2. 
a. Golf an incident of accidental interference with the ball
b. Informal a piece of good or bad luck
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said Aunt Chloe, rather complacently, as, producing an old towel, kept for such emergencies, she poured a little water out of the cracked tea-pot on it, and began rubbing off the molasses from the baby's face and hands; and, having polished her till she shone, she set her down in Tom's lap, while she busied herself in clearing away supper.
The Ashes will be one step closer to coming home if England can double their 1-0 lead at cricket HQ and skipper Cook reckons the positive vibes around the game are rubbing off on his players.
Kennedy said: "I know Nigel is very proud of his country and perhaps that kind of affection is rubbing off on the players.