Rub elbows

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Definition

to rub elbows (at a party): to mix with, to talk to, to socialize with (people at a party)
idiom
Literally, to rub elbows means "to touch together the middle joint of the arm"

This is the type of party where people come just to rub elbows with the rich and famous.

Examples

  • "Tropez, rubbing elbows with Russian tycoons and brushing bums with Brazilian bombshells."
  • "I'll keep this brief, because I know that we all want to rub elbows and taste my wife's delicious spinach soufflé."

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