Prepositions after "rub"

"rub on" or "rub against"?

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    In 29% of cases rub on is used
    Just rub on temples and off you go Zzzzzz.
    It also means that your cat wants to be scratched or rubbed on it's belly.
    This confidence rubs on to the people around you and you can actually see the results for yourself.
    rub on the forehead and temples every 15 to 30 minutes (avoiding the eyes) after the beginning of a headache.
    Holder saying that this is somehow about HIS people makes me feel like I have just had stupid rubbed on me.
    The guinea pigs, awake and nibbling, were making a sound like that of a wet cloth rubbed on glass in window-cleaning.
    Frequently, the outside of the quadracep muscle pulls the kneecap up and sideways and it rubs on the thigh bone at the knee joint.
    For starters, it looks like the poetic nature of Jaidev's character has rubbed on to everyone, including the servants in the Verma household.

    In 19% of cases rub against is used
    rubbing against a hard surface such as rocks or even other whales is often seen.
    When the water molecules rotate at very high speed, they rub against each other generating heat.
    If it's rubbed against something coarse, then that could really result in significant damage.
    What typically causes scratches on marble is debris rubbing against the surface from foot traffic.
    Sanitary napkins with plastic lining rub against the sensitive skin causing rashes, itchiness and boils.
    A disc is a small amount of protective tissue, filled with liquid that prevents the bones of the vertebrae from rubbing against each other.

    In 12% of cases rub with is used
    They are then stretched upon frames, and rubbed with a kind of pumice stone until the surface becomes furzy.
    Also, do not eat or drink from the utensils which have been licked by the dog, unless you have cleansed it by rubbing with wet clean earth and then washing it with water.
    Meats are rubbed with a mixture of pimento, Scotch bonnet peppers, habanero, cayenne, jalapeo and other spices including cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme and garlic.

    In 9% of cases rub in is used
    rub in the spice mixture all over the meaty side of the fish.
    Also to prevent scars, heard it is great to rub in vitamin E oil; that aloe stuff.
    But even then we try to remember how cyclical college football is, and try not to rub in wins or losses too much, because it doesn't take long for fortunes (good or bad) to shift.

    In 5% of cases rub at is used
    First, he ducked his head, then rose again, rubbing at his tousled hair and making the motions of shampooing it.
    And if you make a mistake (I sometimes do!) I just draw in a thick liner line If you plan to remove the liner, don't rub at it.

    In 4% of cases rub onto is used
    Then rub onto rheumatic place and cover with pure wool.
    A layer of soap, candle wax or petroleum jelly should then be rubbed onto the surface of the furniture in these areas.
    The princess screams, loudly and clearly; as those slender hands rub onto her wound with the most highly concentrated salt.

    In 3% of cases rub over is used
    It is used to rub over the arms, legs and face and is thought to beautify the bride or groom.

    In 1% of cases rub to is used
    It had to be loaded with great fats to offer a soothing back rub to my nervous system.

    In 1% of cases rub across is used
    Even a stranger would appreciate a sincere word or possibly a gesture of a quick hug, or a hand rubbed across the back for just a moment, but don't overdo it.

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