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Rub-off

DEFINITION

Mimic. Learn by association. Start acting with traits from someone else. Typically the term means that someone has gained useful or useless characteristics because they live or work around someone who impressed them. For example, if you work around an artist, some of their talents may rub-off on you; also if you live around crude-speaking people your swearing may be a result of that rubbing off on you.

 “I hope John’s cleanliness will rub off on Jeff.”       

 

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