rub elbows with

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rub elbows with

US, informal
:to meet and talk with (someone) in a friendly way
  • The awards dinner gave me the opportunity to rub elbows with some of today's greatest American poets.

Word by Word Definitions

rub play
  1. : to move along the surface of a body with pressure : grate

  2. : to fret or chafe with or as if with friction

  3. : to cause discontent, irritation, or anger

  1. : an unevenness of surface (as of the ground in lawn bowling)

  2. : obstruction, difficulty

  3. : something grating to the feelings (such as a gibe or harsh criticism)

elbow play elbows
  1. : the joint of the human arm

  2. : a corresponding joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate

  3. : something (such as macaroni or an angular pipe fitting) resembling an elbow

  1. : to push with the elbow : jostle

  2. : to shove aside by pushing with or as if with the elbow

  3. : to force (one's way) by pushing with or as if with the elbow


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