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 for scrub
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scrub \Scrub\ (skr[u^]b), a.
     Mean; dirty; contemptible; scrubby.
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           How solitary, how scrub, does this town look!
                                                    --Walpole.
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           No little scrub joint shall come on my board. --Swift.
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     Scrub game, a game, as of ball, by unpracticed players.
  
     Scrub race, a race between scrubs, or between untrained
        animals or contestants.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scrub \Scrub\ (skr[u^]b), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scrubbed
     (skr[u^]bd); p. pr. & vb. n. Scrubbing.] [OE. scrobben,
     probably of Dutch or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. skrubbe, Sw.
     skrubba, D. schrobben, LG. schrubben.]
     To rub hard; to wash with rubbing; usually, to rub with a wet
     brush, or with something coarse or rough, for the purpose of
     cleaning or brightening; as, to scrub a floor, a doorplate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scrub \Scrub\ (skr[u^]b), v. i.
     To rub anything hard, especially with a wet brush; to scour;
     hence, to be diligent and penurious; as, to scrub hard for a
     living.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scrub \Scrub\ (skr[u^]b), n.
     1. One who labors hard and lives meanly; a mean fellow. "A
        sorry scrub." --Bunyan.
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              We should go there in as proper a manner as
              possible; nor altogether like the scrubs about us.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
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     2. Something small and mean.
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     3. A worn-out brush. --Ainsworth.
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     4. A thicket or jungle, often specified by the name of the
        prevailing plant; as, oak scrub, palmetto scrub, etc.
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     5. (Stock Breeding) One of the common live stock of a region
        of no particular breed or not of pure breed, esp. when
        inferior in size, etc. [U.S.]
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     6. Vegetation of inferior quality, though sometimes thick and
        impenetrable, growing in poor soil or in sand; also,
        brush; -- called also scrub brush. See Brush, above.
        [Australia & South Africa]
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     7. (Forestry) A low, straggling tree of inferior quality.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     Scrub bird (Zool.), an Australian passerine bird of the
        family Atrichornithidae, as Atrichia clamosa; --
        called also brush bird.
  
     Scrub oak (Bot.), the popular name of several dwarfish
        species of oak. The scrub oak of New England and the
        Middle States is Quercus ilicifolia, a scraggy shrub;
        that of the Southern States is a small tree ({Quercus
        Catesbaei); that of the Rocky Mountain region is Quercus
        undulata, var. Gambelii.
  
     Scrub robin (Zool.), an Australian singing bird of the
        genus Drymodes.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  scrub
      adj 1: (of domestic animals) not selectively bred
      n 1: dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes
           [syn: scrub, chaparral, bush]
      2: the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it with a brush and
         soap and water [syn: scrub, scrubbing, scouring]
      v 1: clean with hard rubbing; "She scrubbed his back" [syn:
           scrub, scour]
      2: wash thoroughly; "surgeons must scrub prior to an operation"
         [syn: scrub, scrub up]
      3: postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled;
         "Call off the engagement"; "cancel the dinner party"; "we had
         to scrub our vacation plans"; "scratch that meeting--the
         chair is ill" [syn: cancel, call off, scratch, scrub]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  234 Moby Thesaurus words for "scrub":
     a nobody, a nothing, abandon, ablate, ablation, ablution, abort,
     abrade, abrase, abrasion, abrasive, afforestation, arboretum,
     attrition, baptize, bark, bath, bathe, belay, boondocks, bramble,
     brier, brier bush, brush, brushwood, buff, buffing, burnishing,
     bush, bushveld, call off, cancel, cease, chafe, chafing, chase,
     cipher, cleaning out, cleanse, climax forest, cloud forest,
     common man, cut it out, dendrology, desist, detrition, discontinue,
     do away with, douche, douching, dressing, drop, drop it, dummy,
     elution, elutriation, end, enema, erase, erasure, erode, erosion,
     figurehead, file, filing, flush, flush out, flushing, flushing out,
     forest, forest land, forest preserve, forestry, fray, frazzle,
     fret, fretting, fringing forest, gall, gallery forest, galling,
     gargle, give over, give up, gnaw, gnaw away, grate, graze, grazing,
     greenwood, grind, grinding, halt, hanger, have done with, hold,
     holystone, index forest, insignificancy, irrigate, irrigation,
     jackstraw, jungle, jungles, knock it off, lather, lathering,
     launder, lavabo, lavage, lavation, lave, laving, lay off,
     leave off, lightweight, limation, little fellow, little guy,
     man of straw, mediocrity, mop, mop up, mopping, mopping up,
     national forest, nebbish, nobody one knows, nonentity, obscurity,
     palmetto barrens, park, park forest, pine barrens, pip-squeak,
     polish, polishing, poor relation, primeval forest,
     protection forest, punk, quit, rain forest, rasp, rasping, raze,
     reforestation, refrain, relinquish, renounce, rinse, rinse out,
     rinsing, ritually immerse, rub, rub away, rub off, rub out,
     rubbing away, runt, sandblasting, sanding, scour, scouring, scrape,
     scraping, scratch, scratching, scrub up, scrubbing, scrubbing up,
     scrubland, scrubwood, scuff, secondary, selection forest, shampoo,
     shining, shower, shrimp, shrub, shrubbery, shrubland, shrubwood,
     silviculture, skin, sluice, sluice out, small fry, small potato,
     small potatoes, smoothing, soap, soaping, sponge, sponging,
     sprout forest, squirt, squit, stand of timber, state forest, stay,
     stop, subaltern, subordinate, swab, swabbing, syringe, terminate,
     timber, timberland, toivel, tree veld, tub, underling,
     understrapper, virgin forest, wash, wash out, wash up, washing,
     washing up, washout, washup, wear, wear away, wearing away,
     whiffet, whippersnapper, wildwood, wiping up, wood, woodland,
     woods
  
  

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