rub shoulders

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rub shoulders

  1. (idiomatic, usually followed by with) To associate closely; to socialize or mingle.
    • 1887, Robert Louis Stevenson, Memories and Portraits, ch. 1:
      All classes rub shoulders on the greasy benches.
    • 1894, Henry James, The Death of the Lion, ch. 6:
      In this establishment, as everybody knows, on occasions when the crush is great, the animals rub shoulders freely with the spectators.
    • 1915, Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lost Prince, ch. 24:
      [N]ow and then the two dress themselves roughly, like common men, and go out into the city to see what it's like to rub shoulders with the rest of the world.
    • 2010 March 10, Lori Ioannou, "Use Social Media to Build Your Brand," Time:
      It pays to network and rub shoulders virtually with potential customers on the Web.