to rub shoulders with

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - rub shoulders with

"to rub shoulders 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 shoulders 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 shoulders 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 shoulders 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 shoulders with the poor and needy will definitely help your campaign.

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to rub shoulders with - Gerund Form:

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

to rub shoulders with - Examples:

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

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

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

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

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

6)  You also get to attend hoity toity members-only events where you can rub shoulders 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 shoulders with William and Kate. 

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

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

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

11)  Extras get to rub shoulders 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 shoulders with all cultures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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