to rub elbows with

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - rub elbows with

"to rub elbows with"

to associate or socialize with, especially famous, prominent or influential people;

to come into contact with


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - rub elbows with

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I heard that you got invited up to the executive cafeteria for lunch.

Colleague 2: Isn't that awesome? I'll get to rub elbows with upper management.

Colleague 1: Socializing with with vice-presidents is a good way to advance in the company.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - rub elbows with

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: How is your mayoral election campaign going?

Friend 2: Pretty good. This afternoon, I will be helping out at a homeless shelter.

Friend 1: That will play really well with the press. Seeing you rubbing elbows with the poor and needy will definitely help your campaign.

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to rub elbows with - Gerund Form:

Rubbing elbows with the top executives in the company during an informal gathering is a great way to advance.

to rub elbows with - Examples:

1)  You should do what you can to put yourself out there and rub elbows with the right people.

2)  ... that many were trying to forget, in an age when ex-Stasi men still rub elbows with their former victims in the supermarket.

3)  ... very rare in other businesses that you could pay a few hundred dollars and rub elbows with experts. This is invaluable.

4)  ... up on the taxpayers dime in exotic places? Makes them feel important to rub elbows with all the other important people.

5)  What happens to friendship when the well-heeled rub elbows with the not so fortunate? 

6)  You also get to attend hoity toity members-only events where you can rub elbows with women who wear giant shawls and dangling earrings while throwing back some free white ...

7)  ... entrepreneur Matthew Hudson is one of 100 Canadian youth handpicked for a chance to rub elbows with William and Kate. 

8)  The biggest benefit, I don't have to rub elbows with the unwashed masses. 

9)  To rub elbows with a blues superstar like Hubert was a dream come true.

10)  ... and looking for the best after parties to rub elbows with the beautiful people in their beautiful clothes.

11)  Extras get to rub elbows with the celebrities without having to memorize lines or attend acting classes.

12)  Toronto, I guess. There was always a lot of opportunity to rub elbows with all cultures.

13)  ... is that entrepreneurship-focused activities and events give students the opportunity to rub elbows with people who have done this, or folks out there who invest in companies ...

14)  College gives you the opportunity to rub elbows with people who can be your mentors, future business colleagues, next work mates ...

15)  I would love to rub elbows with my ancestors. The history buff in me wished to learn more.

16)  These folks are often admirable in how they can rub elbows with the who's who of certain industries and communities. 

17)  You have to be good at promoting yourself too and rub elbows with the right people.

18)  I'm very grateful. I just don't choose to rub elbows with the whole Hollywood scene. It's not me.

19)  This is huge for the kids to come out here and rub elbows with UCLA's coaching staff.

20)  Instead of thousand dollar dinners to rub elbows with wealthy boosters, why not work on the real issues in this country?