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Definition of scrub:

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

Synonyms:

scrape up, strike, brush, grave, excise, fray, back out, inscribe, dust, purification, runt, broom, engrave, pubic hair, come up, strike down, crotch hair, diminutive, fuchsia, unimproved, cur, put on, peewee, set off, scrubbing, invalidate, dogwood, buddleia, hose down, expunge, knock something on the head, forgo, wash off, think better of something, hibiscus, azalea, offset, polish, midget, blackthorn, puny, continue, gorse, swill, crossbred, flush, pull back, scratch up, cancel, coca, sponge, shrub, little, pygmy, bush, scratch, mixed, hold back, Tom Thumb, flush out, call, shrimp, lave, cry off, treatment, scouring, swab, scrub up, scour, call off, forsythia, forget, mop, back down, rinse, itch, detoxification, underbred, mongrel, mite, chaparral, delete.

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