scrubscrub1 /skrʌb/ ●●○ verb (scrubbed, scrubbing)1[intransitive, transitive]DHCCLEAN to rub something hard, especially with a stiffbrush, in order to clean itShe was on her hands and knees scrubbing the floor.He scrubbed the dirt off his boots.The table needs to be scrubbed clean.scrub atShe scrubbed at her face with a tissue.► see thesaurus at clean2[transitive] informalCANCEL to decide not to do something that you had plannedSYN cancelWe scrubbed the idea in the end.3[transitive] to removecarbondioxide from the gas that results from burningcoal, before letting it out into the airThe liquid is used to scrub carbon dioxide from power plant exhaust gases. →scrub something ↔ out →scrub up→ See Verb table
scrubscrub2 noun1[uncountable]HBPlow bushes and trees that grow in very dry soil2[singular] especially British EnglishDHCCLEAN if you give something a scrub, you clean it by rubbing it hardI gave the floor a good scrub.
Examples from the Corpus
scrub• Try using fineseasalt as a scrub - this will help dry out blemishes naturally because it's slightly antiseptic.• No one believed they would be scrubs, either.• One outstanding local example was the Broyle in Ringmer, 2000 acres of scrub and claymire, an old deerpark.• There was nothing around them, just a bit of scrub in the distance.• Instead of the lake, my gazerested upon a broken expanse of scrub.• Christine reached the hut from the road by a steeptrack through the scrub and so avoided the house.• Single-brooded, some nightingales start the flightsouth - to tropical Savannah, or thornyscrub - at the end of July.gave ... scrub• The trees gave way to scrub and there was little shade.Originscrub1(1200-1300)Low German or a Scandinavian languagescrub21. (1300-1400)shrub2. (1900-2000) → SCRUB1