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Would you be kind enough to explain to me the meaning of the word in bold in the following excerpt from an e-mail in my post?
“The price is the same as last time - £30 - and will get you a three-course meal in an excellent restaurant, a cup of coffee and a glass of wine, beer or water (or a soft drink). But the food isn't really the point...
What you REALLY get for your money is the chance to hobnob with a great group of other Internet marketers of all levels of experience and knowledge.”
I have found such meanings as “to drink together”, “to associate familiarly”, “to associate as friends”, “to associate with others in a brotherly or congenial way” as well as “get or lose, hit or miss”, “hit or miss” but all this don’t satisfy my curiosity. I would know further information concerning the etymology of the word in question.
Thank you for your efforts.
"Hobnob" comes from the Old English habban and nabban which means "have or have not." Eventually the phrase was shortened to "hab-nab," which was a sort of "drinking call" used in pubs (folks would clink glasses and call out "hab-nab," so that those whose glasses were empty would get them refilled for the next round).
Today "hobnob" means to associate, mix or socialize with someone or a group of someones. Quite often it is used as a boast: "I sneaked into a party in the penthouse of the Ritz last weekend after the Madonna concert and got to hobnob with George Michael and Sting!"