What does Aye There's the Rub mean?

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  1. gabosgab

    gabosgab Senior member

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    What does Aye There's the Rub mean? I've heard it a few times before but didn't quite grasp the meaning. I thought it meant somthing along the lines of, that's what I expected or somthing like that.
     
  2. LordUnum

    LordUnum Golden Member

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    rub = catch
     
  3. SZLiao214

    SZLiao214 Diamond Member

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    Never heard it till this thread. Sorry i cant help you. Maybe someone found the right spot? :)
     
  4. Minjin

    Minjin Platinum Member

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    There's the rub = there's the issue/problem

    edit: I agree with Lord, it can also mean catch
     
  5. gabosgab

    gabosgab Senior member

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    spank you.
     
  6. Special K

    Special K Diamond Member

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    It's from Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be..." soliloquy, and means "the catch", as others have said.
     
  7. flot

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    It means "yup, that's the thing that makes this situation suck."
     
  8. everman

    everman Lifer

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    It means you burnt the waffles again.
     
  9. Moonbeam

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    a rub causes friction and heat, no?
    A contact that transfers from one to another something or other.
     
  10. Moonbeam

    Moonbeam Elite Member

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    So is it nobler of the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or take arms against them and by opposing end them? I can't think of a bigger question or one with more meaning or implications.
     
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    Shakespeare was a brilliant writer, and I would consider him pertinent even to modern standards in some topics.
     
  12. djheater

    djheater Lifer

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    To be, or not to be: that is the question:
    Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them. To die: to sleep;
    No more; and by a sleep to say we end
    The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
    To sleep: perchance to dream: aye, there's the rub;
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause...


    He's contemplating suicide and then thinks maybe that after death he may continue to be troubled. Not even death can give him peace. Death is appealing and he desires it, but WHAT IF he continues to be tormented after death? There's the rub.
     
  13. gabosgab

    gabosgab Senior member

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    Thanks for the great answers!
     
  14. chuckywang

    chuckywang Lifer

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    It's what you say to yourself while touching yourself at night.