scrub

Part of speech: verb

To rub vigorously; cleanse by hard rubbing; scour.

Part of speech: adjective

Stunted; inferior; mean.

Part of speech: noun

A stunted tree or shrub; brush; jungle.

Part of speech: noun

A small, mean, or worthless thing.

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Usage examples "scrub":

  1. The proper left of this position rests on the rocky, scrub- covered hill of Hlangwani, which rises on the British side of the Tugela. - "London to Ladysmith via Pretoria", Winston Spencer Churchill.
  2. I ordered the prisoner tae scrub. - "The First Hundred Thousand", Ian Hay.
  3. They rode one day to Eleusis; on another day to Tatoi, buried in oak- woods on the slope of Parnes; on another through noisy and mongrel Piraeus, and over undulating wrinkled ground, burnt up by the sun and covered with low scrub and bushes of myrtle, to the shore of the gulf opposite to Salamis; on yet another to Marathon, where they lunched on the famous mound beneath which the bodies of the Athenians who fell in the battle were buried. - "In the Wilderness", Robert Hichens.