from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An energetic massage of the body.

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  • n. A quick, energetic massage

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  • n. the act of rubbing down, usually for relaxation or medicinal purposes


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  • Then I went to a Turkish bath place. I stayed a couple of hours, had a steam bath, a plunge, a needle shower, a rubdown and made a couple of phone calls from there.

    Raymond Chandler, 1953, The Long Goodbye, chapter 5

    September 5, 2009