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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
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald enjoyed hobnobbing with fellow celebrities in this romantic city, so Westmoreland made this cocktail to capture what must have been a heady experience.
Father and daughter were also photographed hobnobbing with Xi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Cocktails flowed from fountains, while an orchestra played a mix of Latin and American music, and politicians hobnobbed.
The common and easy narrative has it that well-to-do American students head to St. Andrews with cynical motivations: to hobnob with the European aristocracy and maybe bag a prince.
Vestavia Hills' Jake Pratt has hobnobbed with college football royalty in recent weeks.
Weinstein had hobnobbed with the Democratic elite, including the Obamas and the Clintons.
In California, Cox has been crisscrossing the state interviewing with media outlets, hobnobbing with Republican clubs and speaking to GOP groups including the Tea Party California Caucus during its annual convention in Fresno in August.
Suzanne and Claude hobnobbed with the French writer Jean Cocteau, who also lived in the neighborhood, and a then little-known designer named Christian Dior made the costumes for a theatrical production that Claude had organized.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of hobnob
First Known Use: 1813See Words from the same year
Synonymschum, company, consociate, consort, fraternize, hang (around or out), associate, hook up, mess around, pal (around), run, sort, travel
Related Wordsaffiliate, 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; befriend, friend
Near Antonymsavoid, cold-shoulder, shun, snub; alienate, estrange; break up, disband, disperse, split (up); disjoin, dissociate, disunite, divorce, sever, split, sunder
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