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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Now, of course, the art galleries rub elbows with the key-chain shops and the straight tourists gape openly at the parade of tattooed, hand-holding, ass-grabbing, platform-heel-wearing gay tourists.
Almost all are attracted to the guest fees, free travel, free publicity or a chance to rub elbows with celebrities.
Joining not-for-profit boards, local trade and community-based groups, will enable more black business owners to rub elbows with corporate decision-makers.
As Taste Washington patrons move through "The Ultimate Wine Tour," they will enjoy live cooking demonstrations, rub elbows with leading authors at Borders Bookstore author signing stations, spin the Sterling Savings Bank "Wheel of Wine" or try their luck at the NewsRadio 710 KIRO "Ring Toss" to win wine-related prizes.
1 -- color) Courtside tickets for the Lakers command a princely sum of $2,100 apiece, so if you can find 'em, four friends could rub elbows with Jack Nicholson and still have money left for hot dogs, beer and parking.
Conference seminars gave them an opportunity to get information on the latest trends, rub elbows with key industry players and remain in-the-know on current technological advances.
Private equity pros will rub elbows with some of the best intermediaries in the market, including a contingency of Canadian M&A practitioners who will recommend how best to influence their deal community.
SANTA CLARITA - First-time director Phil Lantis, better known as the head of Santa Clarita's Arts and Events Department, and his wife, Nancy, better known as the artistic director of the Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre, are heading out of town this weekend to rub elbows with the likes of Robert Redford in Park City, Utah.
With very limited exceptions, there is a dearth of medical technology-focused venues in which the investment community, as well as emerging-company CEOs and big-device company executives, can rub elbows," said Ronald C.
The night is a Western TV and movie lovers dream, a chance to rub elbows and eat buffalo burgers with some of the bad guys we grew up booing in our living rooms and dark movie theaters.
DETROIT -- Super Bowl weekend party animals attending the Vivid/ClubJenna Bowl bash at The Zoo Bar in Detroit on February 3rd will get an extra bonus - the chance to rub elbows with a genuine Hall of Famer (Jenna Jameson) and the women who won Best Actress and Best New Starlet awards at this year's AVN Awards ceremony, the "Oscar's(r) of porn" (Vivid Girl Savanna Samson and ClubJenna Girl McKenzie Lee).