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Examples of hobnob in a Sentence
He loves to hobnob with celebrities.
those two have been hobnobbing together since freshman year
Recent Examples of hobnob from the Web
About 150 Austrian company representatives led by President Alexander Van der Bellen will fill a Boeing 777 on Friday headed for Beijing for a week of hobnobbing with China’s economic and political elite.
But hobnobbing at the Algonquin Club, this was not.
That’s one of those super mythologized spaces in early tech literature — all the the coders and anthropologists and computer scientists all hobnobbing it together in bean bag chairs.
Only hobnob with the lowest income or the affluent?
Abdelnour, who ran the city clerk’s office for 28 years before retiring in mid-2005, still loves getting out and hobnobbing with friends and politicos.
When not hobnobbing with the hip, Cameron tends to play-act a bit onstage and on record as a showbiz failure.
As recently as January the jeweller in question appeared in a photo of Indian tycoons hobnobbing with Mr Modi at the Swiss mountain resort of Davos.
Her main reason for being there, aside from stunting on all of us and hobnobbing with Wintour, was to present the first Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design, which went to Quinn.
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hobnob and Shakespeare
Hob and nob first came together in print in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, when Sir Toby Belch warns Viola (who is disguised as a man) that Sir Andrew wants to duel. "Hob, nob is his word," says Sir Toby, using hob and nob to mean something like "hit or miss." Sir Toby's words are probably from the term habnab (also styled as a phrase: hab or nab), which meant "in one way or another" or "however it may turn out." After Shakespeare's day, hob and nob became established in the phrase to drink hobnob (also styled as to drink hob or nob), which meant "to drink alternately to each other." Since "drinking hobnob" was generally done among friends, hobnob came to refer to congenial social interaction.
affiliate, ally, attach, band, bond, club, collaborate, collude, confederate, conjoin, connect, cooperate, couple, gang, get along, get on, group, interrelate, join, knot, league, link, mingle, mix, rally, relate, side, socialize, team, tie, wed;
be friends with, fall in with, keep company (with), rub elbows (with) or rub shoulders (with) , take up with;
HOBNOB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hobnob for English Language Learners
: to spend time with someone (such as a famous or wealthy person) in a friendly way
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