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 Ruach.Rubber of Whist (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rub.
 
An impediment. The expression is taken from bowls, where “rub” means that something hinders the free movement of your bowl.   1
        “Without rub or interruption.”—Swift.
        “Like a bowle that runneth in a smooth allie, without anie rub.”—Stanihurst, p. 10.
 


 Ruach.Rubber of Whist (A). 

 
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