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hobnob with (someone)

To interact with someone, typically someone who has more power, fame, or success than oneself. I can't hobnob with those ladies—they're executives at the biggest company in town!
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play hob (with someone or something)

slang To cause disruptions (for someone or something). "Hob" is short for "hobgoblin," a type of imp or elf that causes mischief. This wonky Internet connection is playing hob with my work day. The nasty weather played hob with our plans for the weekend.
See also: hob, play, someone

raise hob (with someone or something)

slang To cause disruptions (for someone or something). "Hob" is short for "hobgoblin," a type of imp or elf that causes mischief. This wonky Internet signal is raising hob with my work day. The nasty weather raised hob with our plans for the weekend.
See also: hob, raise, someone
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raise hob with someone or something

 and play hob with someone or something
to do something devilish to someone or something; to cause trouble for someone or something. (A hob is a hobgoblin, a wicked little elf.) Your sudden arrival is going to play hob with my dinner plans. Sorry, I didn't mean to raise hob with you.
See also: hob, raise
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

play (or raise) hob

cause mischief; make a fuss. North American
Hob is short for hobgoblin and is used in this mid 19th-century expression to mean the devil . Compare with raise Cain (at Cain) and raise the devil (at devil).
1993 Canadian Living When rain finally came, it wouldn't stop and played hob with the lentils that were growing there for the first time in a big way.
See also: hob, play
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Together the data presented here demonstrates that the epigenetic memory effect found in reprogrammed hOBs could be used to advantageously generate an osteoprogenitor cell population with a more lineage-committed state for future therapeutic use.
I went back in to turn off the hob "There was some food on the back of the cooker and I think he might have been trying to get that.
Castle Street-based Hobs was founded by Kieran O''Brien, who is still heavily involved with the business.
"This is a very exciting move for Hobs Reprographics and demonstrates our commitment to both the industry and our clients," he said..
Therefore, the re-coating of the hob between successive grindings was also investigated and the results were compared with those of the bare and one time coated hobs.
It is possible to buy a gas hob with the burners underneath a smooth ceramic surface for easy cleaning.
So, to prevent them becoming wobbly on the hob, manufacturers often make pan bases slightly concave (going up in the middle), rather than flat.
Large cooking appliances is projected to experience a steady volume CAGR of 6% over the forecast period, mainly underpinned by replacement demand for built-in hobs as well as deeper penetration of cooker hoods.
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GAS HOBS A SPARKLING clean gas hob can be achieved by using baking soda and vinegar instead of using harsh chemicals.
LIVERPOOL reprographics company Hobs has bought a Bristol company in a move that strengthens its presence in the South West.
The six strong AM team, along with two of its co-founding partners Ross Young and Tony Kelly, will join Hobs.
They used either margarine or two different brands of soya bean oil to cook the steak on gas and electric hobs. The margarine contained a blend of soya bean, rapeseed, coconut and palm oils as well as vitamins A and D, but no hydrogenated fats.
It's suitable for all hobs apart from induction and it's safe to pop in the dishwasher.
The couple, both 82, used the panel to cover the hobs but it caught fire after the man accidently knocked the hobs on.