To keep yourself with others at the same place, or to associate with others

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  • People in England used to say “rub shoulders” and in America, particularly during the middle of 19th century Americans used to say “rub elbows”. However, if you’re closer to someone and your shoulders or elbows are touching then you certainly a very close indeed. People use this saying to tell that they were extremely close to someone very famous.
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I’m willing to go to meet politicians and rub elbows with them.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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