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rub shoulders

To interact or mingle (with a person or group of people). I don't want to go to the gala tonight, but my wife is eager to rub shoulders with the upper crust. After rubbing shoulders for so long, I was ready to head back home and have some time to myself.
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rub shoulders with (someone)

To meet and spend time in a social environment with one who is noteworthy, famous, or important. I heard you were rubbing shoulders with the governor last Saturday. These conferences always have a meet-and-greet portion so you get a chance to rub shoulders with the heads of the tech industry.
See also: rub, shoulder
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rub shoulders

associate or come into contact with another person.
A US variant of this expression is rub elbows .
1943 Graham Greene The Ministry of Fear It wasn't exactly a criminal world, though eddying along its dim and muted corridors you might possibly rub shoulders with genteel forgers.
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rub ˈshoulders (with somebody)

(American English also rub ˈelbows (with somebody)) (informal) meet and spend time with rich or famous people, socially or as part of your job: I used to rub shoulders with some very wealthy people when I worked in banking.
See also: rub, shoulder
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