One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Associate or come into contact with another person.‘he rubbed elbows with TV stars at the party’
associate with, mingle with, fraternize with, socialize with, mix with, keep company with, consort withView synonyms
- ‘I feel like I belong with all the wealthy socialites I rub elbows with.’
- ‘Now Jeffrey has the opportunity to rub shoulders with the socialites of the club.’
- ‘He admits he misses socialising and rubbing shoulders with Royalty during the horse trials.’
- ‘Sophie is based at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Buckinghamshire, where she rubs shoulders with England's superstar footballers who train there.’
- ‘Film directors, producers and actors rubbed shoulders, making small talk and reminiscing about their association with the late director.’
- ‘Back then the place was a hubbub of activity at the weekends, with walkers, families and locals rubbing shoulders and jostling for elbow room in front of a glowing open fire.’
- ‘Denis was well known among the racing fraternity having rubbed shoulders with them for many years.’
- ‘Once a fixture at some of Manchester's most high-class establishments, he now rubs shoulders with truckers and tea ladies.’
- ‘Certainly it never hurts to rub elbows and shoulders with those who are - or will become - the business leaders of the community.’
- ‘Back before gated communities and suburban commuters, people of varying means rubbed shoulders more regularly.’
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