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hobnob

Line breaks: hob¦nob
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒbnɒb
 
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Definition of hobnob in English:

verb (hobnobs, hobnobbing, hobnobbed)

[no object] informal
Mix socially, especially with those of perceived higher social status: he was hobnobbing with the great and good
More example sentences
  • A president who used VIP status to hobnob with movie stars would be laughed out of office.
  • While occasionally posturing as a friend of the working man, Kelly climbed the social ladder and hobnobbed with the rich and powerful.
  • He drove a company Jaguar, had a $10,000 stereo system in his office and jetted around the region to hobnob with recording stars and entertainment executives.

Origin

early 19th century (in the sense 'drink together'): from archaic hob or nob, hob and nob, probably meaning 'give and take', used by two people drinking to each other's health, from dialect hab nab 'have or not have'.

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