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rub elbows

Slang definitions & phrases for rub elbows

rub elbows

verb phrase

To meet and consort; spend time together; mingle: colleagues with whom we rub elbows in the course of a day's work

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • When you think of it, people may rub elbows and still have an ocean or two between them.

    The Range Dwellers

    B. M. Bower
  • He just wanted to rub elbows with this throng of young people.

  • Rich and poor, educated and illiterate, rub elbows and share common life.

  • They debate in the streets, rub elbows in the baths, beat each other unmercifully as in a pantomime.

    Against The Grain Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • If you would test the soul of a friend, take him into the wilderness and rub elbows with him for five months!

    Cabin Fever B. M. Bower
  • A bull-fighter must take advantage of opportunities to rub elbows with persons of high position.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • To rub elbows with normal people tended to restore my mental poise.

    A Mind That Found Itself Clifford Whittingham Beers

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