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work the room

To interact with many people at an event or function. Often, but not always, applied to business situations. At networking events, Ben totally works the room, with the goal of meeting as many people as he possibly can. At parties, my dad always works the room and chats with everyone, but I'm too shy for that.
See also: room, work
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Just days after tying the knot with smitten Barry Herridge in a "dream" Las Vegas ceremony, she was working the room in Manhattan.
But he never plans to stop working the room, just like he did when he was 22 and dreaming.
Working the room were Audrey Novoa, Unda Bernstein and Richard L.
Working the room with a good buddy or a "handler" versus working the room alone.
The Alliance Atlantis PR types were working the room, making sure the media got the choice bits and understood the unique effort they were putting into promoting the film.
Or seemed to care that Scarlett Johansson, Pierce Brosnan, Paris Hilton and Mariah Carey were working the room.
Occasionally, Bobby proffers himself to passing women - ``Bobby's working the room,'' Everett notes wryly.
Yet, working the room in front of a full show band featuring a horn section as well as bustier-clad dancers whose wigs sport the cutest little devil horns, BF barks his way through such raunchy classics as ``Funky Party'' and ``Booty Bus'' like an X-rated James Brown.
Tonight at 7:30, the California Institute of the Arts graduate will be working the room at the Santa Clarita Repertory Theater with several things you'd never think of as musical instruments.
It's making those in places of power who can easily be swayed see who's capable of working the room.
After about a half-hour of working the room - shaking hands and slapping backs, with his advisers in tow - Cooley began to wonder where one of his key supporters, former District Attorney Robert Philibosian, was.
He has been working the room trying to keep spirits afloat, but if the eighth consecutive loss to the Braves over two years was any indication, he can't get blood out of this Dodgers stone.
Gray Davis was seen working the room, spotted with such heavy-duty movie-biz players as Phil Gersh, Sandy Climan, Johnny Gilbert and John Davis.
But he was working the room in December, too, out there making you think about the Dodgers instead of the Rams or the Lakers.