rub off The phrase shows up in the sentence "Tight-fisted parents can teach children a good lesson about saving for a rainy day, and other qualities can also rub off on the younger generation" Is "rub off" means influence?
Feb 5, 2017 2:25 AM
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February 5, 2017
Literally, "rub off" means to transfer through contact. ("when I walked too close to the chalkboard, the chalk rubbed off onto my sweater.") Figuratively, "rub off" means that something transfers from one person to another. In this sentence, the parents' qualities transfer and stick to the children.
February 5, 2017
It does mean influence. It means that just by being close to the behaviors, they will pick the behaviors up.
February 5, 2017
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