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hobnob

[ hob-nob ]
/ ˈhɒbˌnɒb /
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verb (used without object), hob·nobbed, hob·nob·bing.
to associate on very friendly terms (usually followed by with): She often hobnobs with royalty.
Archaic. to drink together.
noun
a friendly, informal chat.
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Origin of hobnob

1595–1605; from the phrase hab or nab literally, have or have not, Old English habban to have + nabban not to have (ne not + habban to have)
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British Dictionary definitions for hobnob

hobnob
/ (ˈhɒbˌnɒb) /

verb -nobs, -nobbing or -nobbed (intr often foll by with)
to socialize or talk informally
obsolete to drink (with)

Word Origin for hobnob

C18: from hob or nob to drink to one another in turns, hence, to be familiar, ultimately from Old English habban to have + nabban not to have
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