rub elbows with someone
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.
rub elbows with someoneAMERICAN
If you rub elbows with someone important or famous, you spend time with them. He rubbed elbows with his movie star clients and appeared on numerous TV talk shows. In the 10 years prior to that job, he rubbed elbows with dozens of political super-celebrities. Note: The usual British expression is rub shoulders with someone.