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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I have rubbed shoulders with the rich and the very poor and those in between.

    rub shoulders = keep company

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    Re: rub shoulders

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    I have rubbed shoulders with the rich and the very poor and those in between.

    rub shoulders = keep company

    V.
    Yes, it means that the writer has been in the company of people of all those levels of society. It doesn't necessarily mean, though, that he/she knows them personally.

    For example, if someone who lives in London regularly attends the same nightclubs that celebrities go to, they might say "Oh yes, I regularly rub shoulders with celebs". They've simply been in the same club, same room etc - the celebs probably don't know they exist!

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