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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
As well as visiting villages, Mr. Kim tours financial capitals, hobnobbing with chief executives, bankers and fund managers.
The honor of being the first (and, probably, only) Pretty Little Liar to hobnob with the Queen goes to Bellisario, wife of Patrick J. Adams.
Yair Netanyahu has also repeatedly drawn criticism for living a life of privilege at taxpayers' expense, hobnobbing with ultra-rich donors and making crude social media posts, all while never holding down a job.
Yair Netanyahu has also repeatedly drawn criticism for living a life of privilege at taxpayers’ expense, hobnobbing with ultra-rich donors and making crude social media posts, all while never holding down a job.
Mark Wahlberg is a fixture around the Patriots, constantly on the sidelines hobnobbing with his doppelganger Julian Edelman and other New England players.
Photographs show the 64-year-old sharing peanuts with ethnic minority villagers, caressing the trunk of a baby elephant, and hobnobbing with world leaders.
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.
Vestavia Hills' Jake Pratt has hobnobbed with college football royalty in recent weeks.
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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
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;
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