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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 many right-minded journalists agree, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is an embarrassing relic, a conflict-of-interest orgy where journalists who are meant to challenge the powerful hobnob with them instead.
The politicians, pundits and reporters caught in an endless cycle get together to hobnob and talk about the importance of freedom of the press.
Instead, a tax code change that strips away a popular business entertainment deduction has cut into his ability to hobnob with clients at sporting events, theaters and concert venues.
That’s not to say Coyne wasn’t proud of his role in music history, which included perks of hobnobbing with industry’s elite.
Today, the privilege of hobnobbing with Trump as a member reportedly involves a $200,000 (up from the pre-election rate of $100,000) initiation fee plus yearly dues of $14,000 and annual food minimum of $2,000.
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.
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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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