Rub Shoulders Meaning

(idiomatic, usually followed by with) To associate closely; to socialize or mingle.

Example: 1887, Robert Louis Stevenson, Memories and Portraits, ch. 1:
  All classes rub shoulders on the greasy benches.
1894, Henry James, The Death of the Lion, ch. 6:
  In this establishment, as everybody knows, on occasions when the crush is great, the animals rub shoulders freely with the spectators.
1915, Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lost Prince, ch. 24:
  [N]ow and then the two dress themselves roughly, like common men, and go out into the city to see what it's like to rub shoulders with the rest of the world.
2010 March 10, Lori Ioannou, "Use Social Media to Build Your Brand," Time:
  It pays to network and rub shoulders virtually with potential customers on the Web.