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rub +‎ out; see rub out


rubout ‎(plural rubouts)

  1. (slang) An assassination.
    • 2007 June 8, Holland Cotter, “Quirks and Attitude to Burn”[1], New York Times:
      This high-concept take on low life includes a concealed lethal weapon (by Claire Fontaine); photographic evidence of a rubout (by Torbjorn Rodland); and cryptic, possibly sinister messages galore from Tauba Auerbach, Daniel Knorr, David Lieske and Matias Faldbakken.
  2. (computing, uncountable, dated) backspace
    • 1990, Michael D. Harrison, Harold Thimbleby, Formal methods in human-computer interaction (page 130)
      A direct manipulation editor would support, for example, a single rubout key that uses the cursor to find the appropriate character for deletion...