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to rub along
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rub \Rub\, v. i. 1. To move along the surface of a body with pressure; to grate; as, a wheel rubs against the gatepost. [1913 Webster] 2. To fret; to chafe; as, to rub upon a sore. [1913 Webster] 3. To move or pass with difficulty; as, to rub through woods, as huntsmen; to rub through the world. [1913 Webster] To rub along or on, to go on with difficulty; as, they manage, with strict economy, to rub along. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]