Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

rub off on (sb)

rub off on somebody
1) transfer some of your behaviour, qualities, or characteristics to somebody through association
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    • his/her enthusiasm is rubbing off on me
  • Analysis

    If something 'rubs off on someone' it means to transfer some of your habits, qualities or behaviours to someone by association or by spending time with someone. If a characteristic 'rubs off on someone' it means their behaviour has been influenced in some way.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I don't want you hanging around with those guys anymore. Their bad behaviour is already rubbing off on you.
    2. My husband is always so motivated and organised. I wish some of that would rub off on me!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm going to partner you with Alex on this project. Hopefully some of his enthusiasm will rub off on you.
    2. The teacher's love for history has clearly rubbed off on her students. They all scored high marks on their exam.
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