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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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Grand prize winners will also have the chance to rub shoulders with a mystery celebrity whose identity will be announced at the time winners are announced.
The self-penned songs rub shoulders with the adaptations so well it's often hard to tell what's past, what's present and what's future.
Armstrong will debut his new designs at the Boodles Legends Tennis Classic - which sees more than 1,400 VIP guests rub shoulders with some of the world's greatest tennis legends.
Haye, 23, said: "I rub shoulders with millionaires every morning - it gives me something to aim at.
Sophisticated newer shops rub shoulders with old and dusty places that have obviously been conducting business for decades; these are definitely the best options for finding something strange and different.
The young hopefuls can also rub shoulders with chart-topping band Blazin' Squad at the audition.
As a store owner, she saw the positive impact it had in the lives of others and the chance it gave her to rub shoulders with wonderful people and build lasting friendships.
Self-penned cuts rub shoulders with covers of Dylan's Well Well Well, Paul Simon's One Trick Pony and a rousing Gallows Pole, giving Page and Plant a run for their money.
The winners and their guest will get to rub shoulders with stars past and present at the ECHO's 34th Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year Awards at the Crowne Plaza on February 6.
While her former bandmate Rachel Stevens' career is going from strength-to-strength, 26-year-old Tina is spending her time trying to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.
There's more: If you want to rub shoulders with fellow Craftsman-o-philes, don't miss a casual reception at the fountain court in Pasadena's Paseo Colorado, where, for a mere $5, you get a beverage, appetizers and a chance to mingle.