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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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But as the bra-less star worked the room with boyfriend Justin Theroux in tow, some commentators wondered if she is just too old to flash the flesh.
Whitaker and nominees of various nationalities -- among them Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Toni Collette, Stephen Frears, Paul Greengrass, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Guillermo del Toro, Emily Blunt and Peter Morgan -- diplomatically worked the room.
Of course I resented his comfortableness: I felt like I was eavesdropping even when I was being spoken to directly; this guy worked the room like he was brushing his teeth.
Then Love worked the room and exchanged kisses with Brett Ratner.
Each of the candidates also worked the room before and after their presentations.
Jones worked the room while other luminaries were tucked away in a secret hiding place.