rub elbows

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rub elbows (with someone)

 and rub shoulders with someone
Fig. to associate with someone; to work closely with someone. (No physical contact is involved.) I don't care to rub elbows with someone who acts like that! I rub shoulders with John at work. We are good friends.
See also: elbow, rub
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It is the most prestigious trophy in club football and to rub shoulders with someone who has done it can give you the drive to go and train hard.
We must pity her for being obliged to rub shoulders with someone from such a despicable regime.