rub elbows with

rub elbows with (someone)

To interact or mingle with a person or group. I don't want to go to the gala tonight, but my wife is eager to rub elbows with the upper class.
See also: elbow, rub

rub elbows with

Also, rub shoulders with. Mix or socialize with, as in There's nothing like rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, or At the reception diplomats were rubbing shoulders with heads of state. Both of these terms allude to being in close contact with someone. [Mid-1800s]
See also: elbow, rub
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Suu Kyi will also rub elbows with the leaders and representatives of dialogue partners from Australia, Canadia, China, European Union, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, USA, and United Nations who will attend the Summit.
Where else can a gun person see so much and rub elbows with others who truly love our way of life?
Now in its 13th year, this is the only awards show to cast its discerning eye over all the arts - so the likes of theatre big-wig and Outstanding Achiever Sir Cameron Mackintosh gets to rub elbows with, er, pop prize-winners Elbow.
rub elbows with : to meet and talk with in a friendly way <Stink got to rub elbows with the president .
At the 50th Annual Hollywood Stars Game at Dodger Stadium right after the Dodgers lost to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, I was able to rub elbows with celebrities like James Van Der Beek, Jon Lovitz, Carlos Mencia and Kendra Wilkinson.
In an attempt to dodge that bullet, I reminded him, "Remember, if you become a politician, you'll have to rub elbows with other politicians every day, and some of those guys are so corrupt that they could pick the gold fillings out of your teeth while you're awake.
The Circus Sarasota gala was definitely an interactive event, as guests had the chance not only to rub elbows with professional clowns, jugglers and aerialists but to try a little performing themselves.
Proximity allows more of their key players to attend and rub elbows with the up-and-coming and the already established people in the world of book publishing.
I get to rub elbows with groups from all around the country, and, without fail, people express their thanks and their admiration for what our young men and women are doing.
Thus the folks whose names appear on our basement wall rub elbows with Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Mary Magdalene and the kid who was gunned down on Chicago's South Side last week.
CHARLES BUSCH, AL PACINO, JANE FONDA, Gina Gershon, Jason Priestley--the Sundance Film Festival is the place to rub elbows with gay and gay-friendly stars.
For 11 days, you can see great movies, interact with talented filmmakers, rub elbows with Hollywood celebrities, and party, party, party," says Ron Henderson, the rambunctious executive director of the Denver Film Society, which puts on the event.
Ms Wiz Goes to Hollywood is book #14 and in it she lends a hand to young Shelley Kelly, who wins a trip to the glitzy city and hopes to rub elbows with her favorite movie stars.
Spaulding knew that the annual conference allows burgeoning dancers to rub elbows with heroes like Donald McKayle, Ron Brown, Dudley Williams, and Virginia Johnson.
Other historical figures, including Rosa Luxemburg, Bertolt Brecht, and William Morris, dressed in current fashions (Prada, Gucci), rub elbows with eerie composites of contemporary art-world denizens.